Say what? James Bond, eat you heart out.
Perhaps, it's because this is only the unconfirmed word of a former CIA agent (though, are these things ever confirmed?), or maybe it's a double standard, but why did the media give this story such a passing glance? Can you hear the uprorar if the script was flipped and it was Iran clandestinely trying to disrupt and sabotage the internal governmental instruments of Israel or the United States?
LONDON (Reuters) – Israel is involved in a covert war of sabotage inside Iran to try to delay Tehran's alleged attempts to develop a nuclear weapon, a British newspaper said on Tuesday, quoting a former CIA agent and intelligence experts.
An intelligence source in the Middle East told Reuters last year Israel planned to target Iranian nuclear scientists with letter bombs and poisoned packages and had set off explosions in Iran. Analysts offered similar accounts and said such tactics would be credible, but no confirmation has been available.
Some analysts caution that reports of such a "dirty war" may form part of a psychological warfare campaign to unsettle Iran.
Say what, again?! Letter bombs, poisoned packages?! Oh, and the ubiquitous "no comment"
The former CIA agent told the Telegraph: "Disruption is designed to slow progress on the program, done in such a way they don't realize what's happening. The goal is delay, delay, delay until you can come up with some other solution.
"It's a good policy, short of taking them out militarily, which probably carries unacceptable risks."
Asked about the newspaper report, Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, told Reuters: "It is not our practice to comment publicly about these sorts of allegations, not in this situation, not in any situation."
Oh, and the ubiquitous tacit denial that this may really be going on:
"Numerous intelligence agencies are trying their best to do this. Not just Israel, but the Americans and many European spy agencies," he said. "If it's true, then it's putting pressure on the Iranian program technically.
"Even if there's no truth to it, it's part of what is a massive psychological war against Iran's nuclear program ... It's ... much more affordable than sabotaging equipment."
Keep and eye on how this developes, though, I doubt it'll be allowed to develop, at all. This (pariticularly the letter bombings) would hardly be above Mossad and the rest of the intelligence agencies reported to have a hand in this.
You know, I hope that when Middle East Clusterfuckers that are always just out of sight in Washington try to pull him into the shadows that he tells them fuck off. I hope "change" means an end to these shadow games that only help to fuel the suspicion of our motives around the world. If we want to play in the shadows, than I don't want to hear our government pretending to an honest and moral broker in the Eterenal Clusterfuck and talking up Iran as some secrete evil empire.