Like the Niger forgeries that lead to the Iraq war, evidence is surfacing that the Iran documents provided to IAEA by the US were also forgeries. Gareth Porter explains,
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has obtained evidence suggesting that documents which have been described as technical studies for a secret Iranian nuclear weapons-related research program may have been fabricated.
The documents in question were acquired by U.S. intelligence in 2004 from a still unknown source — most of them in the form of electronic files allegedly stolen from a laptop computer belonging to an Iranian researcher. The US has based much of its push for sanctions against Iran on these documents.
The new evidence of possible fraud has increased pressure within the IAEA secretariat to distance the agency from the laptop documents, according to a Vienna-based diplomatic source close to the IAEA, who spoke to RAW STORY on condition of anonymity.
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The IAEA hopes for better cooperation with the Obama administration. The Bush administration attempted to prevent Elbaradei’s re-election as IAEA chief in 2005, but failed.
Also, Scott Ritter describes methods used by the US to “inject doubt” into the Iranian nuclear issue:
Irancove @ November 11, 2008