Introduction – August 22, 2012
Its long been suspected that some of Fleet Street’s most influential journalists are in the pocket of western intelligence. In return for snippets of insider info, these scribes help disseminate disinformation for Western intelligence. It happened when Saddam Hussein was still in power and stories proliferated about his quest for Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Fuelled by ‘insider info’ from the intelligence community, such coverage helped pave the way for the invasion of Iraq.
No matter that once Western forces had secured Baghdad no WMD were uncovered. The media coverage had served its purpose.
Foremost among those scribes who helped cultivate public opinion prior to the 2003 invasion was Con Coughlin. His biography, ‘Saddam: King of Terror’ was conveniently published just months prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and had reviewers enthusing:
“Coughlin leaves no doubt of Saddam’s intention to establish Iraqi nuclear capacity…”
Even as late as January 2003, Coughlin was still reporting that “acting on information provided by Western intelligence…
United Nations weapons inspectors have uncovered evidence that proves Saddam Hussein is trying to develop an arsenal of nuclear weapons”
Thereafter the aptly named Con – as in conman or confidence trickster – went on to claim that the “mastermind behind 9/11 … was trained by Saddam”.
Since then those claims have been conveniently forgotten and Con has moved on. Now the focus of his attention has shifted to Iran and he appears to be repeating the same performance he once conducted over Iraq.
In effect Coughlin is dishing up yet more disinformation dressed up as journalism. Little more than a well paid scribe in the service of Western intelligence, Coughlin needs to be read with cautious scepticism.
As in his previous reports Coughlin refers to his unamed sources as “intelligence officials”. These are the anonymous figures in intelligence who feed him carefully selected items of information, or outright disinformation, with the intention of portraying Iran as a potential threat to the West. Just as Saddam’s Iraq was once.
Note the concluding paragraph in the article below where he notes:
“48 Iranians … taken hostage by Syrian opposition fighters. The Iranians, who are said to include senior Revolutionary Guard officers, claimed they were conducting “reconnaissance missions”, and their capture by Syrian opposition fighters was deeply embarrassing for Tehran.”
The captive Iranians claimed nothing of the sort and Coughlin omits to mention claims that they were a party of pilgrims among who were a number of “retired” members of the Revolutionary Guard. The photo included here, tends to bear this out as the men in it are largely older.
However, this website isn’t the only one to sound warnings about Con Coughlin. According to Aangirfan:
David Leigh wrote about ‘Britain’s security services and journalists: the secret story’ in the British Journalism ReviewVol. 11, No. 2, 2000, pages 21-26. http://www.bjr.org.uk/data/2000/no2_leigh.htm
According to Leigh: “British journalists – and British journals – are being manipulated by the secret intelligence agencies.”
Leigh gave us an example from 1995 when the Sunday Telegraph published a story about the son of Col Gadafy of Libya and his alleged connection to a currency counterfeiting plan.
According to Leigh: “The story was written by Con Coughlin, the paper’s then chief foreign correspondent, and it was falsely attributed to a ‘British banking official’. In fact, it had been given to him by officers of MI6, who, it transpired, had been supplying Coughlin with material for years.”
So Coughlin is developing a reputation for this sort of thing. Bear this in mind as you read the following…
Iran’s Supreme Leader Orders Fresh Terror Attacks On The West
Con Coughlin – The Daily Telegraph August 22, 2012
Iran’s Supreme Leader has ordered the country’s Revolutionary Guards to intensify its campaign of terror attacks against the West and its allies in retaliation for supporting the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
According to Western intelligence officials, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave the order to the elite Quds Force unit following a recent emergency meeting of Iran’s National Security Council in Tehran held to discuss a specially-commissioned report into the implications for Iran of the Assad regime’s overthrow.
Damascus is Iran’s most important regional ally, and the survival of the Assad regime is regarded as vital to sustaining the Iranian-backed Hizbollah militia which controls southern Lebanon.
The report, which was personally commissioned by Mr Khamenei, concluded that Iran’s national interests were being threatened by a combination of the U.N. sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear programme and the West’s continuing support for Syrian opposition groups attempting to overthrow the Syrian government.
Intelligence officials say the report concludes that Iran “cannot be passive” to the new threats posed to its national security, and warns that Western support for Syrian opposition groups was placing Iran’s “resistance alliance” in jeopardy, and could seriously disrupt Iran’s access to Hizbollah in Lebanon.
It advised that the Iranian regime should demonstrate to the West that there were “red lines” over what it would accept in Syria, and that a warning should be sent to “America, the Zionists, Britain, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others that they cannot act with impunity in Syria and elsewhere in the region.”
Mr Khamenei responded by issuing a directive to Qassem Suleimani, the Quds Force commander, to intensify attacks against the West and its allies around the world.
The Quds Force has recently been implicated in a series of terror attacks against Western targets. Last year U.S. officials implicated the organisation in a failed assassination attempt against the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington. It was also implicated in three bomb attacks against Israeli diplomats in February, planning to attack the Eurovision song contest in Azerbaijan while two Iranians were arrested in Kenya last month for possessing explosives.
Intelligence officials believe the recent spate of Iranian attacks has been carried out by the Quds Force’s Unit 400, which runs special overseas operations.
“Unit 400 seems to have been involved in all the recent Iranian terrorist operations,” said a senior Western intelligence official. “The Iranian regime now seems determined to retaliate for what they regard as the West’s attempts to influence the outcome of the Syrian unrest.”
Iran has been actively supporting the Assad regime’s attempts to suppress the wave of anti-government protests that erupted in March last year. Iranian opposition groups claim teams of experienced Revolutionary Guard officers have been flying to Damascus on specially-chartered Iranian aircraft on a weekly basis to advise the Assad regime.
The extent of Iran’s support for the Assad regime was exposed earlier this month when 48 Iranians were captured and taken hostage by Syrian opposition fighters. The Iranians, who are said to include senior Revolutionary Guard officers, claimed they were conducting “reconnaissance missions”, and their capture by Syrian opposition fighters was deeply embarrassing for Tehran, which is demanding their immediate safe return to Iran. Syrian rebels have threatened to kill the hostages unless Iran ends its support for the Assad regime