U.S. Advised to Sabotage Iran Nuclear Sites by German Thinktank

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U.S. Advised to Sabotage Iran Nuclear Sites by German Thinktank
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Moonshadow
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Friday, January 21, 2011 08:42 pm

WikiLeaks: U.S. Advised to Sabotage Iran Nuclear Sites by German Thinktank

As Stuxnet cyber attack pinned on US and Israel, US embassy cable reveals advice to use undercover operations...

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The United States was advised to adopt a policy of \"covert sabotage\" of Iran\'s clandestine nuclear facilities, including computer hacking and \"unexplained explosions\", by an influential German thinktank, a leaked US embassy cable reveals.

Volker Perthes, director of Germany\'s government-funded Institute for Security and International Affairs, told US officials in Berlin that undercover operations would be \"more effective than a military strike\" in curtailing Iran\'s nuclear ambitions...

A diplomatic cable sent by the US ambassador to Germany, Philip Murphy, in January 2010, records that Perthes said a policy of \"covert sabotage (unexplained explosions, accidents, computer hacking etc) would be more effective than a military strike, whose effects in the region could be devastating\".

Perthes is a leading western expert on Iran. An earlier diplomatic cable, sent by Murphy on 14 December 2009 showed that his advice was heeded by politicians and officials - including Condoleezza Rice, the former US secretary of state...


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