‘We killed Iranian scientist’ claims Israel intel source

Daryoush Rezaei

Daryoush Rezaei

By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
A source in Israeli intelligence has told a quality German newsmagazine that Israel was behind the recent killing of an Iranian physicist in Tehran. The 35-year-old physicist, Darioush Rezaei, was shot twice in the throat on July 23, by two men on a motorcycle, as he and his wife were picking up their four-year-old daughter from kindergarten. Iranian authorities dismissed early reports that Rezaei was a nuclear academic, saying that there had been “some confusion” about the dead man’s identity, and that Rezaei was simply studying for a masters’ degree in electronics. It later became clear, however, that Rezaei’s electronics expertise was in the use of high-voltage switching systems for triggering nuclear warheads explosions. Rezaei was the fourth Iranian physicist or nuclear expert to be assassinated since 2007, after Ardeshire Hassanpour,  Masoud Ali Mohammadi and Majid Shahriari. Another nuclear scientist, Fereydoon Abbasi, who was injured in a separate bomb attack on the same day Dr Shahriari was killed, now heads Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization. There is little doubt in intelligence circles that the attacks on the Iranian researchers are part of a wider Western and Israeli covert action program that includes —apart from assassinations— sabotage and cyberwarfare. Now an article in German quality newsmagazine Der Spiegel quotes an unnamed “Israeli intelligence source” as saying that Rezaei’s July 23 assassination “was the first serious action taken by the new Mossad chief Tamir Pardo”. In January of 2011, Pardo, a former special forces officer in the Israel Defense Forces, replaced Meir Dagan as Director of Israel’s primary external intelligence agency. The magazine cites other “Israeli intelligence sources” in connecting Rezaei’s assassination to the wider covert action program against Iran’s nuclear project. Spiegel’s source also confirmed reports from Israel and the United States that Israel’s leadership may be close to authorizing a military attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. He also made the valid point, however, that the Mossad is resisting this, because military action against Iran’s nuclear project would place the Israeli military at the helm of the program, a position currently held by the Mossad itself.

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4 Responses to ‘We killed Iranian scientist’ claims Israel intel source

  1. Hasam says:

    I am amazed how you could realize that Mr. Rezaee was workig on hifhg voltage switches used in Nuks?!! Is it more than claims by Israel? why you use such words that compeletly echo the Israeli views? Is it something rather terorrism? And you shame to deny and condemn it!! If tomorrow they kill some one in the US as they are used to scientific spy in the US, what would be your reaction? Who give those Israelis the right to kill Muslim sicentists? And it is not only about Iran it is their history of action in all muslim countries? Why? They fear muslims because they occupied their lands or they want to be the most advanced country in the region? By terrorism they lose everything specially their future in the region and in the eye of people of the world. I hope I see the day that those terrorists in Israeli govenment bring to justice.

  2. intelNews says:

    Rezaei’s area of research expertise has been verified by officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as well as by the Associated Press, who gained access to Rezaei’s thesis abstract. If you have evidence to the contrary, I would be happy to take a look.[JF]

  3. Anonymous says:

    It is revealing to see how, instead of challenging Israel’s right to kill citizens of another nation, which would have been a fair legal/moral question and base for discussion, Hasam specifies “Who give those Israelis the right to kill Muslim sicentists [sic]”…..the focus, of course, being on “Muslim”.
    I wonder if Mr. Hasam would mind much if a Muslim hit squad murdered Israelis…..or Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Shinto, Animists or, for that matter, secular “Muslims”?
    And of course there is Hasam’s referral to “their [Israel’s] history of action in all muslim countries?” Your points, Hasam, won’t go very far in this world, except among like-minded, small-minded religion-focused folks. If I say the rest of us should be concerned with these Israeli actions, then that concern will come from a healthy discussion about what nations are allowed to do to the citizens of other nations in view of threat to the former, and in light of the consequences of foregoing such assassinations. They should not be reduced to the ridiculous discussion of “Muslim” or “Christian” or anything religious, in itself, as you do. I will always respect members of the Muslim or any other faith who show the same respect for others that they expect shown to them. This includes seeing people first as people, and then for their religious convictions.
    Bobby Jihad

  4. Shahin says:

    Absolute bullshit. The truth about the assassinations is here:

    http://azarmehr.blogspot.com/2011/08/assassination-of-iranian-academics.html

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