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Friday, July 13, 2012

MI6 chief: 'We foiled Iranian nuclear weapons bid in 2008'

Lots of people have been trying to claim that Iran's nuclear weapons drive is some Zionist fantasy.

Well, now they'll probably think the MI6 is Zionist.

From the Daily Telegraph:
Sir John Sawers said that covert operations by British spies had prevented the Iranians from developing nuclear weapons as early as 2008.

However, the MI6 chief said it was now likely they would achieve their goal by 2014, making a military strike from the US and Israel increasingly likely.

Sir John gave a secret briefing to the Cabinet in March about Iran’s growing military threat but this is the first time his views on the issue have been made public.

It is extremely rare for the head of MI6 to disclose details of operations by the intelligence service.

Sir John made the remarks at a meeting of around 100 senior civil servants in London last week in only his second public speech since he was appointed to the post in 2009.

Sir John said that without MI6’s work dealing with the threat, “you’d have Iran as a nuclear weapons state in 2008 rather than still being two years away in 2012.”

Sir John said it was up to MI6 to “delay that awful moment when the politicians may have to take a decision between accepting a nuclear-armed Iran or launching a military strike against Iran.”
Juan Cole will not be pleased. He was so sure that the Ayatollah's "nuclear fatwa" was proof that Iran would never, ever, ever even consider thinking about the possibility of perhaps one day starting down the path of anything remotely approaching a semblance of a nuclear weapons program.

(h/t Josh)