Spy Cables: Netanyahu’s Iran claims contradicted by Mossad

2015-02-24 09:53

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 2012 warning to the United Nation’s General Assembly that Iran was 70% of the way to completing its “plans to build a nuclear weapon” was contradicted by his own country’s spy agency, leaked South African intelligence reports show.

The report forms parts of the Spy Cables, which have been obtained by news organisation Al Jazeera and span a period from 2006 to December 2014, and include detailed briefings and analyses written by operatives. The broadcaster began breaking details of the documents yesterday.

One document reveals that Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, sent a top secret cable to South Africa on October 22 2012, one month after Netanyahu’s speech, that laid out a “bottom line” assessment of Iran’s nuclear work.

It appeared to contradict the statement by Netanyahu that Tehran was racing towards acquisition of a nuclear bomb.

Writing that Iran had not even begun the work needed to build any kind of nuclear weapon, Mossad wrote that Iran’s scientists were “working to close gaps in areas that appear legitimate such as enrichment reactors”.

Another cable revealed an account of the then head of Israeli intelligence, Meir Dagan, lobbying on behalf of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in an effort to suppress the Goldstone Report.

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