Wednesday, June 02, 2004

CBS News | Wolfowitz Funded Alleged Spy - How Deep Does Scandal Run?

CBS News | Ahmad Chalabi's Fall From Grace | June 1, 2004?20:16:35:

What did Bush really know and when did he know it? Did Wolfowitz hang the President out to dry? JBOC

"Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz confirmed earlier this week that the $340,000-a-month payments from the U.S. government to Chalabi's organization for intelligence recently ended.

Wolfowitz said the decision was made as part of the upcoming transition to Iraqi rule. 'There has been some very valuable intelligence that's been gathered through that process that's been very important for our forces, but we will seek to obtain that in the future through normal intelligence channels,' he said. "

Bnn - Nuclear Experts Criticise US Stance on Iran

Bnn, Bulgarian news network - online news agency \ ???, ????????? ?????????? ?????: "VIENNA (BGNES)- The U.N. nuclear watchdog's latest report on Iran's nuclear programme highlights the failure of the U.S. government to come up with a coherent line on Tehran, non-proliferation experts said on Wednesday.

While praising Iran for cooperating, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a confidential report obtained by Reuters it did not have enough information to verify that Iran's atomic program was strictly peaceful -- and not a nuclear arms program as Washington says.

'The report is a clear indication that the Bush administration efforts to stop Iran's nuclear program are failing,' Jon Wolfsthal, deputy director for non-proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told Reuters. "

27 villages damaged in Iran quake

:: Xinhuanet - English :::

"TEHRAN, June 2 (Xinhuanet) -- A powerful earthquake which hit Iran on Friday imposed 100 percent damage upon 27 villages in the northern province of Mazandaran, the official IRNA news agency reported.
IRNA quoted Mazandaran Natural Disasters Headquarters as saying that 162 other village's sustained damage in varying forms and at least 6,500 buildings had been damaged.
The quake, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, struck the Caspian Sea province of Mazandaran and jolted almost half of Iran on Friday.
According to official sources, it has left at least 30 people dead and 250 others injured. The total damage has been estimated at520 billion rials (60 million US dollars). Enditem "

The New York Times > Was Wolfowitz Source of Chalabi leak to Iran

The New York Times > Washington > Chalabi Reportedly Told Iran That U.S. Had Code:

"WASHINGTON, June 1 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.

The general charge that Mr. Chalabi provided Iran with critical American intelligence secrets was widely reported last month after the Bush administration cut off financial aid to Mr. Chalabi's organization, the Iraqi National Congress, and American and Iraqi security forces raided his Baghdad headquarters. "