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Wednesday, June 02, 2004  

The Chalabi Saga

This morning we awoke to a NY Times article alleging that the delightful and loyal Ahmed Chalabi had leaked intelligence secrets to the Iranians.

Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi leader and former ally of the Bush administration, disclosed to an Iranian official that the United States had broken the secret communications code of Iran's intelligence service, betraying one of Washington's most valuable sources of information about Iran, according to United States intelligence officials.

Of course, this has led to speculation about who might have leaked the information (the neo-cons, having hitched their wagon to a crook, now suffer the indignity of whispers that they might be traitors). And of course the Iranians deny that they ever got the information from Chalabi in the first place (riiiight).

Finally (or not, probably), late breaking news from Newsweek identifies "U.S. political activists close to Chalabi" (whatever the hell that means) who say he got the news from a "drunken US official"--seemingly confirming that Chalabi did screw the US. The Newsweek article also uncovers a strange fact. It says that Bush learned the news "weeks ago," but Chalabi continued to receive payments until just recently.

Two questions keep dogging me.

1) Why would anyone tell Chalabi, of all people, that the US had cracked Iranian intelligence?
2) Why would Chalabi tell the Iranians?

Come on, you guys are smarter than me. Why?

posted by Jeff | 4:48 PM |
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