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I swear if this happend during the Clinton years, conservatives would wail about how its an example of Clinton being bad on foreign policy or having no clue. Well Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the rest of the neocons paid this guy, trusted this guy, and helped this guy. We invades based on a lot of things this guy said.

Sources: Chalabi told Iran that U.S. broke its code


Wednesday, June 2, 2004 Posted: 4:04 PM EDT (2004 GMT)


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- One-time U.S. ally and Iraqi ?migr? leader Ahmed Chalabi told an Iranian official that the United States had cracked Iran's secret communications code, sources confirmed to CNN Wednesday.


The code was invaluable to Washington for intercepting intelligence from Iran's sophisticated secret service and could have provided information about Iranian operations inside Iraq and around the world.


U.S. officials asked some news organizations not to report the information about 10 days ago because it appeared the Iranians were continuing to use the codes anyway.


"Apparently the Iranians didn't believe Chalabi," one source said.


The specifics on what Chalabi gave to the Iranians were detailed by Jane Mayer, a correspondent for The New Yorker Magazine, in an interview on CNN Tuesday.


Mayer expanded on an article in the current issue of The New Yorker in which she wrote, "According to a Chalabi aide, the INC (Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress) has heard that it will be accused of telling Iran's intelligence service that the U.S. had cracked one of its internal codes."


In her interview with CNN Tuesday, Mayer added that what Chalabi is accused of doing is "telling Iran that we had figured out, we -- the U.S. -- how to crack the code in which they communicated.


"So we were able to intercept their messages to each other ... It could have endangered lives if that was the case. He denies it strenuously."


Accusations that Chalabi had provided Iran with critical intelligence information were first reported last month.


Investigation seeks source of information

Sources said the United States found out about Chalabi's action when an Iranian official in Baghdad sent a cable to Tehran using the broken code, detailing his conversation with Chalabi and Chalabi's warning that the code had been compromised.


The New York Times reported that, in the cable written by the Iranian official, Chalabi described the American who told him about the secret code as "drunk."


Bush administration officials have launched an intensive espionage investigation into who might have given Chalabi the information, the sources said.


The sources said the Iranians sent what U.S. intelligence regarded as a false message designed to test whether the Americans were monitoring their communications -- a message about a weapons cache in Iraq -- believing that if the communications had been compromised, an American team would quickly check the location. No U.S. team was sent.


Chalabi has acknowledged having met with senior Iranian officials, saying his organization has worked with many leaders in the region. But he has insisted he shared no classified information with them.


U.S. intelligence officials two weeks ago had told CNN that Chalabi, a member of the Iraqi Governing Council, gave intelligence secrets to Iran so closely held in the U.S. government that only "a handful" of senior officials knew them.


A source of intelligence on alleged weapons of mass destruction when Washington geared up for war with Iraq, Chalabi was the beneficiary of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars for his Iraqi National Congress, with easy access to top officials in Washington.


He was a "special guest" at President Bush's State of the Union address in January, sitting behind first lady Laura Bush. Bush had dinner with Chalabi and other Iraqi leaders during the president's surprise trip to visit the troops in Iraq last Thanksgiving.


After Saddam Hussein's regime fell, Chalabi was appointed to the Iraqi Governing Council and put in charge of its finances.


As the post-war situation deteriorated, and the pre-war intelligence Chalabi supplied about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction did not pan out, the relationship soured.


Last month, the Pentagon shut off the monthly stipend of $340,000 to his Iraqi National Congress and U.S. officials accused Chalabi of passing information about its operations in Iraq to Iran, which he denied.


Chalabi's long-standing contacts with Iran left some in the U.S. government suspicious about his intentions. Chalabi has denied other allegations that he handed over sensitive information to Iran about the U.S. occupation of Iraq.


The information he has passed on, as one U.S. official put it, "could get Americans killed."


Iran has acknowledged it had an ongoing dialogue with Chalabi, but rejected accusations that he passed classified intelligence to Iran, according to The Associated Press.


"We had continuous and permanent dialogue with Chalabi and other members of the Iraqi Governing Council," the AP quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi last month. "But spying charges are unfounded and baseless. It's not true at all."


Iraqi police, accompanied by American troops, raided Chalabi's compound last month -- a raid that Chalabi claimed was engineered by elements of the deposed Baathist regime, under protection of the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority.


Chalabi has claimed the raid was politically motivated, but coalition officials say it was part of a suspected fraud investigation, authorized by an Iraqi judge and led by the Iraqis.


Oh I forgot..everything Bush and his boys do MUST be good for foreign policy. I mean he isnt a flip flopper!

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Please tonyi, tell me how you feel about the choices Rumsfeld, Libby, and Cheney made in regards to Chalabi? Dont resort to saying "well the dems did this..." Im asking the conservitives to address the point at hand. To keep the same standard they apply to everyone and not point out the standard others seem inconsistent with. Not twist the thread around.

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