Israel attacked Iranian nuclear facilities last year — Wikileaks

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Wikileaks supporters in London on February 1, 2012 (Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP)

Israel attacked nuclear facilities in Iran last year, according to emails Wikileaks released this week. The discovery was contained in emails from the U.S. security/intelligence firm Stratfor that were hacked by the group Anonymous and made available by Wikileaks on Monday.

Emails published through the Wikileak’s partner Al Akhbar reveal that a Stratfor analyst spoke with a “confirmed Israeli intelligence agent.” In correspondence from November 17, 2011, the analyst states that “several weeks ago” Israel attacked Iranian nuclear facilities.

The email reads:

The Israelis already destroyed all the Iranian nuclear infrastructure on the ground weeks ago. The current “let’s bomb Iran” campaign was ordered by the EU leaders to divert the public attention from their at home financial problems.

The sender elaborates on the attack on Iran in a later email:

Israeli commandos in collaboration with Kurd forces destroyed few underground facilities mainly used for the Iranian defense and nuclear research projects.

The analyst confirms there is no credible threat of an Iranian nuclear strike, following Israel’s attack:

In the open media many are pushing and expecting Israel to
launch a massive attack on Iran. Even if the Israelis have the
capabilities and are ready to attack by air, sea and land, there
is no need to attack the nuclear program at this point after the
commandos destroyed a significant part of it.

If a massive attack on Iran happens soon, then the attack will
have political and oil reasons and not nuclear.

The emails are part of Wikileaks’ “Global Intelligence Files,” and uncover Stratfor’s intelligence work for both government and private corporate clients. The new files include questionable work for Coca-Cola, Goldman-Sachs, Dow Chemical, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Israeli government.

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  1. Annie Robbins
    March 1, 2012, 9:41 am

    The current “let’s bomb Iran” campaign was ordered by the EU leaders to divert the public attention from their at home financial problems.

    i’m shocked.

    • Chaos4700
      March 1, 2012, 9:45 am

      I’m not. Like they didn’t see how brilliantly that works in Israel and the United States.

    • OlegR
      March 1, 2012, 11:33 am

      You actually made my day with this comment Annie.

  2. BillM
    March 1, 2012, 9:54 am

    And there is absolutely no chance that the Israeli agent was feeding Stratfor gibberish for his own purposes, right? The stories in the Stratfor emails are the communications themselves, not so much the content of the communications (which are more often than not complete hogwash).

  3. Bumblebye
    March 1, 2012, 9:58 am

    Oddly enough, ‘scary Iran’ was ramped up to a nearly ridiculous level at the exact same time as the latest Greek bailout was being argued aboud. Only to fade away again once the journalist killings in Syria took over the msm. Diversion and distraction.

  4. LeaNder
    March 1, 2012, 12:25 pm

    in this context, I would recommend Michael Brenner’s take on Stratfor & Wikileaks over at the Committee of Correspondence:

    Even more baffling is that Stratfor does contract work for agencies of the United States government. The Marine Corps has been one of its clients. Apparently, the latter found itself in need of an external source to supply training materials on the global Muslim threat. In light of exposes about the appallingly bigoted writings, films and lectures imposed on FBI and NYPD officers, seeking new providers is not a bad idea in principle – even though one might reasonably expect that after ten years in the region the Marines might know enough not to throw Korans onto bonfires as did their Air Force counterparts. Still, relying on a dubious bunch like Stratfor is not reassuring. The leaked communications give no indication of what was served up.

    The tenor of the communications conveys the sense of a crass outfit populated by fatuous people. There is an adolescent quality to it. Code words, lots of expletives, a self-conscious secrecy about their doings, generally a ‘wow aren’t we clever’ atmosphere. The whole thing a frat house prank or a community college “Skull & Bones.” My own attempts to contact them ran into this secret society mentality. A suite address but restricted entry; no telephone numbers for the principles or email addresses; the aura of an ultra, ultra select coterie of initiates.

    Stratfor strikes me as emblematic of what’s perverse about the consulting cum information universe. Supposedly grave matters trivialized, deformed and used as cover to make big bucks for hustlers and charlatans. As for the institutions that make use of their services? well let’s just say that there must be something deeply unsatisfying at home . Brenner

  5. Fredblogs
    March 1, 2012, 12:48 pm

    This seems unlikely. Considering that the Iranians are not shy about publicizing attacks on their nuclear program, they would have been screaming about this when it happened, if it had happened.

    • Bumblebye
      March 1, 2012, 4:15 pm

      Heaven’s sake, Fred. Just google ‘explosions iran’, and up pop loads of links. There were two blasts within a month at nuclear facilities just last November.

    • marc b.
      March 1, 2012, 4:19 pm

      i agree, fredblogs, and for other reasons as well. there appears to be clear evidence that iran had sent its nuclear program underground, with news reports of super hardened facilities, facilities built into mountains, etc. given israel’s past attacks on iraqi facilities and the threat of attack on iranian facilities which long predate this latest round of mongering. the nyt, ha’aretz and others published stories with sources voicing skepticism about the effectiveness of 15-ton aerial bombs, specifically designed to destroy hardened, underground facilities, and we’re now supposed to believe that some kurdish and israel foot soldiers humped in enough explosives to ‘blow off a mountain top’ as one military source described the job of taking out iranian facilities. i don’t think it could be done as implied, and if hardened facilities were destroyed, the destruction could hardly be kept a secret.

  6. radii
    March 1, 2012, 3:25 pm

    Stratfor is a perfect example of the adage War is a racket … and, boy, are they ever ca$hing in

  7. Daniel Rich
    March 2, 2012, 4:48 am

    Typo: The Israelis already destroyed all the Iranian nuclear Palestinian electrical infrastructure on the ground weeks ago. What a big load of horse manure.

  8. ahadhaadam
    March 2, 2012, 3:45 pm

    I read those emails and they sound more like two average internet commenters speculating rather than people with concrete information.

  9. stevieb
    March 4, 2012, 6:52 pm

    Total nonsense…like the Iranians wouldn’t say or, more importantly, do anything after an Israeli attack on their nuclear facilities. Or that other intelligence agencies and nations wouldn’t pick up that kind of info. Ridiculous.

    “The Israelis already destroyed all the Iranian nuclear infrastructure on the ground weeks ago…”

    And nobody even noticed! Top dogs that Mossad..

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