Friday, May 28, 2004

Winger treason? FBI wants to know who gave unmasked Iranian agent Chalabi classified information  

Boy. Remember the days when a little ol' felony—the Plame Affair—was big news? No longer. Looks like the whole winger enterprise is falling to bits, through a combination of hubris, the tragic flaw of ideological blindess, and sheer stupidity. Sidney Blumenthal writes:

At a well-appointed conservative think tank in downtown Washington and across the Potomac River at the Pentagon, FBI agents have begun paying quiet calls on prominent neoconservatives, who are being interviewed in an investigation of potential espionage, according to intelligence sources. Who gave Ahmed Chalabi classified information about the plans of the U.S. government and military?

The Iraqi neocon favorite, tipped to lead his liberated country post-invasion, has been identified by the CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency as an Iranian double agent, passing secrets to that citadel of the "axis of evil" for decades. Last week Powell declared, "It turned out that the [WMD] sourcing was inaccurate and wrong and, in some cases, deliberately misleading. And for that I'm disappointed, and I regret it." But who had "deliberately" misled him? He did not say. Now the FBI is investigating espionage, fraud and by implication treason.
(via Salon)

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