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Israel Ruined Iran’s Nuke Plans — WikiLeaked Stratfor Mails
(February 27, 2012) — Earlier, it came to light that Israel might have already destroyed Iranian nuclear sites and that preparations for a military attack on Tehran are well under way. It’s from millions of emails allegedly hacked from the US intelligence think-tank Stratfor, and revealed by WikiLeaks. More on this from our correspondent Laura Smith in London.
WikiLeaks: Israel Destroyed Nuclear Facilities in Iran
(February 27, 2012) — Israeli commando forces destroyed, with the help of Kurdish rebels, all of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure on ground, an email by a US-based global security analysis company released by WikiLeaks on Monday claims.
The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks began publishing more than five million emails from the private intelligence firm Stratfor Global Intelligence, which has been likened to a shadow CIA. Stratfor officials said the release of its stolen emails was an attempt to silence and intimidate it.
In the email, an Israeli intelligence source was asked about Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s comment “the more the merrier” following the mysterious explosion that killed at least 17 people at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps base near Tehran in November 2011.
At the time, Iran claimed the blast was an accident, but US blogger Richard Silverstein said that Israel was the mastermind.
“I think this is a diversion. The Israelis already destroyed all the Iranian nuclear infrastructure on the ground weeks ago,” said the Israeli source. “The current ‘let’s bomb Iran’ campaign was ordered by the EU leaders to divert the public attention from their at home financial problems.”
According to the email, Russia is one of Israel’s largest military partners and India is Israel’s largest client.
It also claimed that in case of a direct conflict between Israel and Iran, Russia and Saudi Arabia would benefit from an oil price hike. On the other hand, China and Europe would suffer if such an event were to occur.
According to Israel’s plans, claimed the intelligence source, an attack on Iran would last 48 hours but would be so detrimental to the Islamic Republic that it would lead to the collapse of the Tehran government.
The emails, snatched by hackers, could unmask sensitive sources and throw light on the murky world of intelligence-gathering by the company known as Stratfor, which counts Fortune 500 companies among its subscribers.
Some of the emails being published “may be forged or altered to include inaccuracies; some may be authentic,” the company statement said.
Hackers linked to the loosely organized Anonymous hackers group said at the beginning of the year they had stolen the email correspondence of some 100 of the firm’s employees. The group said it planned to publish the data so the public would know the “truth” about Stratfor operations.
WikiLeaks and Anonymous maintain the emails will expose dark secrets about the company. Stratfor said in its statement it had worked hard to build “good sources” in many countries, “as any publisher of global geopolitical analysis would do.”
Reuters contributed to this report
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