Independent Online – December 31, 2010
US and British and Israeli intelligence are collaborating to sabotage Tehran’s nuclear programme – in exchange for Israel agreeing not to attack Iran, the Jerusalem Post daily reported Friday, citing the French weekly Le Canard enchaîné.
According to the report, which cited anonymous French intelligence services, the sabotage so far includes the Stuxnet computer virus, which infected 30 000 computers in Iran’s nuclear reactors this year.
It also comprises the explosions in October in which 18 Iranian technicians were killed at a factory that manufactured Shihab missiles in the Zagros mountains.
The assassination of five Iranian nuclear scientists were also carried out by the Israeli Mossad intelligence agency, in cooperation with the American and British intelligence, the sources cited in the report claimed.
The cooperation continues, and more joint actions aimed at stopping Iran from completing its nuclear program are expected, the report said.
Israel regards Iran as its prime threat, because of its nuclear programme and statements by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other Iranian leaders that the Jewish state should be wiped off the map.
However, US diplomatic cables released through WikiLeaks reveal that Arabs states, including Saudi Arabia, also view Iran’s nuclear drive as a threat, and have been pressing for a military strike against it.