U.S. reported to mount covert operations in Iran
Monday, January 17, 2005
There are satellite photographs showing disputed nuclear facilities near and . The inspected these sites in early 2002 without finding conclusive evidence of military use, though traces of highly enriched material were found.
The covert missions have been ongoing for nearly a year, and have taken place in as many as ten Middle Eastern and South Asian nations. In return for his country's assistance, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is said to have received assurances that the US government will not demand for questioning , Pakistani nuclear scientist and creator of their .
The Pentagon has strongly criticised the report, though without explicitly denying the existence of covert operations in Iran. According to the Pentagon spokesman "Mr. Hersh's article is so riddled with errors of fundamental fact that the credibility of his entire piece is destroyed."
He went on to state: "Mr. Hersh's source(s) feed him with rumor, innuendo, and assertions about meetings that never happened, programs that do not exist, and statements by officials that were never made."
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