Report: Chalabi told Iran US broken code of intelligence service
Ahmad Chalabi, the former Iraqi exile once regarded as a close partner to the Bush administration, disclosed to Iran that the United States had broken the code of its intelligence service, according to US media reports.
CBS News reported Tuesday that Chalabi had told an Iranian intelligence officer that the United States had cracked its codes, allowing U.S. agents to read Iran's secret communications.
The New York Times, quoting anonymous U.S. intelligence officials, reported Wednesday that Chalabi told the Baghdad chief of the Iranian spy service that the United States was reading its communications. The Iranian spy described the conversation in a message to Tehran, which was intercepted by U.S. intelligence.
The American officials quoted by the newspaper said the Iranian agent, in his message to Tehran, reported that Chalabi had said he had gotten the information from an American who had been "drunk."
Chalabi had provided intelligence to the Bush administration about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, which was used to justify the U.S. war against Saddam Hussein's regime, but no weapons were found. (Albawaba.com)
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