Iranian nuclear scientist ‘assassinated by Mossad’?
Sarah Baxter – Sunday Times February 4, 2007
Scroll down for update – Monday February 5, 2007
A prize winning Iranian nuclear scientist has died in mysterious circumstances, according to Radio Farda, which is funded by the US State Department and broadcasts to Iran.
An intelligence source suggested that Ardeshire Hassanpour, 44, a nuclear physicist, had been assassinated by Mossad, the Israeli security service.
Hassanpour worked at a plant in Isfahan where uranium hexafluoride gas is produced. The gas is needed to enrich uranium in another plant at Natanz which has become the focus of concerns that Iran may be developing nuclear weapons.
According to Radio Farda, Iranian reports of Hassanpour’s death emerged on January 21 after a delay of six days, giving the cause as “gas poisoning”. The Iranian reports did not say how or where Hassanpour was poisoned but his death was said to have been announced at a conference on nuclear safety.
Rheva Bhalla of Stratfor, the US intelligence company, claimed on Friday that Hassanpour had been targeted by Mossad and that there was “very strong intelligence” to suggest that he had been assassinated by the Israelis, who have repeatedly threatened to prevent Iran acquiring the bomb.
Hassanpour won Iran’s leading military research prize in 2004 and was awarded top prize at the Kharazmi international science festival in Iran last year.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to announce next Sunday — the 28th anniversary of the Islamic revolution — that 3,000 centrifuges have been installed at Natanz, enabling Iran to move closer to industrial scale uranium enrichment.
Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency say that hundreds of technicians and labourers have been “working feverishly” to assemble equipment at the plant.
Update – February 4, 2007
Sources in Iran have denied the above report, saying that Hossein-pour was in no way connected to Iran's Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) in Isfahan and that he had been suffocated by fumes from a faulty gas fire in his sleep.
They added that Israel was incapable of running operations in Iran and that the above was most likely disinformation.
We note that the above was first reported by a radio station funded by the U.S. State Department and that claims that Hossein-pour's death was a Mossad assassnination came from sources with close connections to U.S. intelligence. We leave you to decide who is telling the truth.
MOSSAD BOASTS ARE EMPTY
Institute for Islamic Services – February 5, 2007
Recent reports in some Israeli/American and British newspapers credit Mossad of having assassinated Ardeshir Hossein-pour, who in reality was a Shiraz University professor and not connected in any way to Iran's Uranium Conversion Facility.
This is one of those tall Israeli tales to make them look bigger than life and superior to Arabs and Persians. Israeli intelligence was played for suckers by Hizbullah in the recent war in Lebanon. Hizbullah not only managed to arrest all Israeli spies in Lebanon but they could even listen in real time Israeli military communications.
Unlike in most Arab countries, Mossad has almost zero chance of success in Iran. Iranians have outsmarted the Israelis and the only thing that the Israelis can do is boast about their illusionary intelligence capabilities to play for the British, German, French and the American Intelligence service audiences.
The Americans and Europeans will be well advised to awaken to false flag operations carried out by Mossad and blamed on Muslims!
Last updated 07/02/2007