- Apr 20, 2005
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This is a little dated, but I thought that I might like to reference it here on this board. Besides, it may be the first time that some folks here have heard about this.Someone of "only 'a handful' of senior officials" is responsible for life-and-death, classified national security info being transferred to Iran. The Bush Admin characterized the info as that which could “get people killed.” The available suspects are members of the Bush Admin.
Simon W. Moon
Simon W. Moon
Apparently, the ‘leak’ went through the Iraqi National Congress (INC).
Reportedly, Jordan's King Abdullah provided a dossier that detailed the intelligence transfer as well as other INC crimes. In addition to espionage, the crimes attributed to the INC include extortion, robbery, kidnapping, torture, and, inevitably, embezzlement.
‘Bush administration officials’ have said that both Ahmed Chalabi, INC founder and leader, and Aras Karim Habib, chief of INC’s Pentagon funded Intelligence Collection Program ( ICP ) are suspected conduits for the transfer of the sensitive intel to Iran.
There’s said to be 'undeniable intelligence' that Chalabi met with a senior Iranian intelligence, a "nefarious figure from the dark side of the regime - an individual with a direct hand in covert operations directed against the United States."
As far back as the nineties, Mr. Aras Karim Habib had been known to be working for Iran. Mr. Aras Karim Habib’s a Kurdish Iraqi who converted to Shiism after the the ayatollah Komeyni seized power. Mr. Aras Karim Habib went to Iran and joined the Pasdaran. The Qods (Jerusalem) Force of the Pasdaran train Islamic fundamentalist terrorist groups. Qods Force supported the establishment of Hizballah and Islamic Jihad branches.The second largest Pasdaran foreign operations relates to the Iraqi Kurds.
Someone is responsible for the sensitive intelligence making it to the INC. This brings us to the FBI’s investigation into who may have passed on the classified information to Chalabi.
INC spokesman Entifadh Qunbar, in a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, discusses two contacts in the USG. It describes deputy assistant to the vice president for national security affairs, John Hannah, as the “principal point of contact” for the INC’s ICP and even provided Hannah’s direct White House telephone number.
John Hannah and fellow Vice presidential aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby wrote the dossier meant to serve as the basis for Powell's February 6, 2003 to the UN. Powell sent the dossier for further fact checking because it contained ‘bullshit’. Qunbar also mentions William Luti, (Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Plans and Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, and former military adviser to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich), who, after working on Cheney’s staff early in the Bush administration, shifted to the Pentagon, where he oversaw a secretive Iraq war-planning unit called the Office of Special Plans.
Curiously enough John Hannah recently arrived at the dead center of the Plame scandal. “It is believed that the FBI officers …interviewed John Hannah…and may be offering an incentive to him to reveal what he knows about other officials.”
The CIA and the State Department each supported then abandoned the INC. The CIA determined that Chalabi had little support in Iraq. And the State Dept noticed that, despite a team of accountants, Chalabi couldn’t account for millions of the US's money.Yet, in spite of this, the Pentagon resumed funding for the INC and its ICP. Powell recently referred to some ICP provided information as ‘inaccurate,’ ‘wrong’ ‘deliberately misleading’.
The Pentagon funded Mr. Aras Karim Habib's intelligence operation.
Someone is documented as being responsible for the US's decisions re INC's Information Collection Progam.
Is it the same someone who's responsible for the sensitive intelligence making it to the INC? Maybe the FBI'll offer Mr. Hannah more 'incentives'?
Note that this is not new for members of the Bush Amdin. Don't forget about the 'Vulcan' Richard Perle passing classified national security information to agents of a foreign government in the seventies.