Did Iranian intelligence infiltrate highest levels of Bush administration?
John Aravosis (DC) · 6/07/2008 02:51:00 PM ET · Link
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We'll never know because the Bush administration shut down the investigation as to whether Iranian spies were in Vice President Dick Cheneys's office and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's office. The year was 2003. That's when we invaded Iraq. This is scary as shit.
Defense Department counterintelligence investigators suspected that Iranian exiles who provided dubious intelligence on Iraq and Iran to a small group of Pentagon officials might have "been used as agents of a foreign intelligence service ... to reach into and influence the highest levels of the U.S. government," a Senate Intelligence Committee report said Thursday.Recommendation for further investigation? No, this is where Congress gets involved and we blow this story up.
A top aide to then-secretary of defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, however, shut down the 2003 investigation into the Pentagon officials' activities after only a month, and the Defense Department's top brass never followed up on the investigators' recommendation for a more thorough investigation, the Senate report said.
The revelation raises questions about whether Iran may have used a small cabal of officials in the Pentagon and in Vice President Dick Cheney's office to feed bogus intelligence on Iraq and Iran to senior policymakers in the Bush administration who were eager to oust the Iraqi dictator.