ANALYSIS: Iran laughing at US lack of nuclear intelligence

ANALYSIS: Iran laughing at US lack of nuclear intelligence

By Amir Oren, Haaretz Correspondent

Tags: Adm. Mike McConnell

The noise that was heard last night in Tehran, according to credible reports, was a hearty Persian laugh after looking at the U.S. intelligence service’s website. The unclassified document that Director of National Intelligence, Adm. Mike McConnell published, titled “Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities,” as a laundered version that faithfully represents the greatest secrets collected by the CIA and the other U.S. intelligence services, can appropriately be called “much evaluation on no intelligence.”

The document’s eight pages, which include embarrassing instructions on how to differentiate between different yet related terms (“it is possible,” “it may be so,” “one must not remove from the equation,” and “it’s reasonable to assume”), enable the Ayatollas’ nuclear and operations officials and the heads of the Revolutionary Guards to reach this soothing conclusion – from their point of view: The Americans have no understanding of what is really happening in Iran’s nuclear program. They have no solid information, they have no high-level agents and they have nothing more than a mix of guesswork and chatter. The dissemblance and concealment have succeeded, and the real dispute is not between Washington and Tehran, but within the U.S. administration itself.

Only five weeks ago, McConnell announced that as a rule, he doesn?t believe in the release of such documents. He regretted the publication of the principles of the intelligence evaluation on Iraq. Advertisement

McConnel kept quiet on Monday. Donald Kerr, his deputy, was enlisted to explain why the Iran assessment followed in Iraq’s footsteps.

(Excerpt) Read more at haaretz.com

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