We’re not talking brain power here but rather the hazy world of clandestine information gathering services.
You see, there’s a story in The Telegraph entitled “Israel launches covert war against Iran“. That headline alone is an intelligence failure of the cognitive kind; a reporter in New York, writing for a British newspaper, tells the world (wide web) of Israeli secret ops against Iran. I’m sure Tehran won’t get wind of that.
It’s the following snippet that really clinched the irony of this report into Israeli efforts to disrupt Iran’s nuclear development;
A former CIA officer on Iran told The Daily Telegraph: “Disruption is designed to slow progress on the programme, done in such a way that they don’t realise what’s happening.”
Let me just read that again so that I can make absolutely sure it’s not my eyes deceiving me… yes, it definitely said CIA officer with CIA being the acronym for the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency.
The sheer jaw-dropping stupidity of the statement becomes even more apparent when the next parts of the story unfold. Talking of the strategy to “take out key people” an analyst with another, this time private, intelligence organisation makes assertions that the operations are;
focused both on eliminating key human assets involved in the nuclear programme and in sabotaging the Iranian nuclear supply chain
Instances of the “success” of such cloak-and-dagger behaviour are demonstrated in the story by examples such as the death of a top Iranian nuclear scientist from “gas poisoning” in “mysterious circumstances” amongst other such “hits” on other people involved in Iran’s uranium procurement & enrichment efforts.
So, back to the former CIA officer;
“…done in such a way that they don’t realise what’s happening.”
Top nuclear scientists and those involved in Iran’s atomic programme are dying in mysterious circumstances and the Persians “don’t realise what’s happening”? Well, I can see why that operative is a *former* CIA officer.
Whilst we’re on the subject of top secret operations our man in Chelmsford, Paul Johnson, has smuggled the following photograph back from Essex via the BBC website.