US Security Services Conclude Iranian Defector a Fraud

Published June 12th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The CIA and FBI have reportedly concluded that an Iranian defector who claims to be the terrorist mastermind behind the Lockerbie bomb is an impostor, reported avanova.com, quoting press reports. 

The defector, Ahmed Bahbahani, claimed to have masterminded the 1988 bombing of the Pan Am jet over Lockerbie. Two Libyans are now on trial for the Lockerbie attack. Both have pleaded not guilty. 

A US intelligence official told The Washington Post the CIA and FBI concluded the defector lied during interviews with intelligence officials and lacked basic knowledge of Iran's intelligence apparatus. 

"When it comes to serious stuff that he should know, he comes up empty," the Post quoted the official as saying. "He still has not provided anything that has led CIA and FBI folks to believe his story." 

US officials have doubted the defector's credibility since he first told his story on CBS television last week. 

Iran vehemently denied the defector's claims, saying they had no record of him and that his own statements were contradictory. 

Al Tellez, an editor for CBS News, said the network "expected the CIA to say" the defector was lying, but would not elaborate how CBS verified the story, said Avanova.com. 

In an interview with Albawaba.com, Ahmad Jibril, secretary general of the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine-General Command, said he had no idea about Bahbahani, and denied as baseless the defector’s allegations that the Palestinian radical faction was involved in the bombing, incited by Iran – Albawaba.com 

 

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