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1 Romantic Heretic  Sat, Jan 14, 2012 6:42:12am

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

2 simoom  Sat, Jan 14, 2012 7:58:04am

I saw some pushback to this in Haaretz this morning:

A senior Israeli government official has called “absolute nonsense” a Friday report in Foreign Policy that Mossad agents posed as CIA officers in order to recruit members of a Pakistani terror group to carry out assassinations and attacks against the regime in Iran.

Quoting U.S. intelligence memos, Foreign Policy’s Mark Perry reported that the Mossad operation was carried out in 2007-2008, behind the back of the U.S. government, and infuriated then U.S. President George W. Bush.

Perry quoted a number of American intelligence officials and claimed that the Mossad agents used American dollars and U.S. passports to pose as CIA spies to try to recruit members of Jundallah, a Pakistan-based Sunni extremist organization that has carried out a series of attacks in Iran and assassinations of government officials.

Israel generally refrains for responding to reports on alleged Mossad activities. However, in the wake of Perry’s report as well as the official U.S. condemnation of the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran earlier this week, Israeli officials were quick to issue a complete denial of the report.

3 Curt  Sat, Jan 14, 2012 1:29:34pm

Color me SHOCKED!, SHOCKED I TELL YOU! that an intelligence agency would use disinformation techniques….And I’m will to bet, that all across the Arab world, there has been more than one occasion when country’s internal affairs people played CIA agents to snare dissidents, let’s just say I’d not rule out this hasn’t also happened in Iran by the IRG…

4 researchok  Sat, Jan 14, 2012 2:08:08pm

It matters because they kept us out of the loop.

As for the spycraft, I could care less. Everybody does it.

5 Bob Levin  Sat, Jan 14, 2012 4:52:31pm

Look at all of the misdirection on this event. Everything you read for the next few weeks has little to do with the truth—and is all about nudging certain folks into confusion.

For those who believe the US and Israel colluded on this operation, you now have evidence that the US actually hates Israel. This of course comes on the heels of a joint US/Israeli military exercise. Time is scurrying around saying that they have sources who know that Israel was the sole actor, on the same day that Iran says it has concrete evidence that the US was definitely involved.

Bottom line—there’s a war on. It’s a covert war, and will probably stay a covert war. And it’s a war of disinformation. Sometimes there will be an article in the JPost about some European country discovering that a European company is filled with Israeli spies. True or not, the Iranian Government that was secretly doing business with this European company, must now waste a few months rechecking everything they did with that European Company—contacts, parts inspections, check the computers again, etc.

So when you see one story like this, put it in the larger context of a smokescreen.

6 Bob Levin  Sat, Jan 14, 2012 5:01:01pm

Here, check out the beginning of this report on this incident that came out yesterday.

Did Mossad agents pose as CIA operatives to recruit members of the radical Sunni group Jundallah to carry out attacks in Iran? According to Mark Perry of Foreign Policy, the answer is yes.

In a feature posted on Foreign Policy’s website, Perry – who served as an unofficial advisor to PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat in 1989-2004 – claims that “Buried deep in the archives of America’s intelligence services are a series of memos, written during the last years of President George W. Bush’s administration, that describe how Israeli Mossad officers posed as American spies in 2007 to recruit members of the terrorist organization Jundallah to fight their covert war against Iran.”

Add in the conspiracy theorists, and the truth will never be known.

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