Ex-CIA officer says US may be ‘dangerously wrong’ on alleged Iran plot

Robert Baer

Robert Baer

By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
Robert Baer, who spent over two decades working for the CIA in the Middle East, has warned that the FBI may be “dangerously wrong” in its assessment that Iran is behind an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States. The Obama administration said yesterday that two Iranian agents had been arrested for planning to kill Saudi diplomat Adel al-Jubeir in Washington, DC, with help by members of a Mexican drug cartel. The FBI said that the two Iranians, Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri, were operating on behalf of Iran’s Quds Force, a unit inside the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) specifically tasked with exporting the Iranian Revolution abroad. The arrests prompted a strong reaction from the United States, which said it will impose new punitive measures against the regime in Tehran —a move that is certain to further-ignite tensions between the two countries. But speaking on Australian national radio, Baer said that the alleged assassination plan does not appear to be connected with the IRGC or any other part of Iran’s state apparatus. The operation, as outlined by the FBI, does not fit the “modus operandi” of the Iranian security services, said Baer. The latter are “much better than this [...]. They wouldn’t be sending money through an American bank; they wouldn’t be going to the cartels in Mexico to do this. It’s just not the way they work. I’ve followed them for 30 years and they’re much more careful. They always use a proxy between them and the operation, and in this case they didn’t”. Baer also spoke to the BBC World Service and to The Washington Post, where he is quoted as saying that there is “sloppiness about the case that defies belief”. The former CIA case officer urged the Obama administration to step back, re-examine its case, and avoid “retaliatory attacks [such as bombing] a Quds Force base in Tehran [...], which would lead to a huge escalation”. Instead, he urged Washington to open “direct diplomatic channel with the Iranian regime or risk igniting an uncontrollable war”. Last July, Baer told a Los Angeles radio station that “[t]here is almost near certainty [in Israel] that Netanyahu is planning an attack [on Iran] and it will probably be in September before the vote on a Palestinian state. And he’s also hoping to draw the United States into the conflict”. He later revised his statement, saying that it was a “wide-ranging speculative” comment, and that he had “no inside information to back [his] interpretations”.

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7 Responses to Ex-CIA officer says US may be ‘dangerously wrong’ on alleged Iran plot

  1. SG says:

    Mr. Baer, I am 100% in agreement with your assessment. I do not believe for a minute that this sloppy assembly of idiots has anything to do with anything other than the long-term plan of US to set-up another military base in the region (This time Iran). For US to accomplish this goal, they need Saudi to sign up. Hillary has been trying to scare Saudi from Iran for a long time now. It has not worked as fast as they like. So some, not so smart person decides to pin some assassination plot on Iran that directly targets Saudi, and see if this would work. Other plots to follow…. then comes some fomr of military base in Iran. Once this afghan, pakistan, iran, iraq is done, they will swing around to North Korea and have China surrounded.

  2. SG says:

    By the Way, in no way, do I support the fascists that currently rule over Iran. They are terrible for the people of Iran and future of this country. Iranian government is too busy killing it’s own people, and destroying the infrastructure of the country from within to endanger their existence with a sloppy job like the one they have pinned on them, in an attempt to arouse Saudi against Iran. However, I did want to point out that there are other plans brewing that has nothing to do Iran’s plan and everything to do with US plans.

  3. Kidd says:

    the story seems too far fetched to be believable-can’t the fbi cook up something better ? we never hear anywhere close to the real story until about five story changes later, and still it will be questionable. we’ve seen our share of reliable informants , ha ha !!! of course, no proof will ever been shown, much too secret and would expose how agencies operate and possible exposure of a long line of people involved.

  4. prof says:

    smells+fishy. Possible CIA+Mossad false flag op?

  5. iBaby says:

    SG- wow, that makes sense. That must be the plan.

  6. much more like rumor,even they proof with scenario plot,much people it’s inside job,but what ever they talk all war born from lie,like ISI plot for assassin President Afganistan order 2008 and done with code sign MQM;from the code sign bring England and EU inside the trap of Afganistan danger scenario play game;to many 478 scienctific from Iran dead by Mossad Khilod;
    A.and Iran do it the job for $100.000 US dollar,for Assassin Arab ambasador in US
    B.it mean any some one have that money in Arab country
    C.and to help the scenario done with Mexico line;and Mexico was full drug war,couldn’t thought about politic
    D.all plot is unfact,with bring IRGC-QF problem is to far and wide.
    F.you can see all metodic from Israel with Hizbulloh it’s acurate & Proffesional work,even Pakistan ISI work,Iran most clever to play like this because they are knowing all standart operationmean they are not stupid tyo do teh operation in this time

  7. LenM says:

    Assuming one of two options if playing itself out:
    1.
    Due to the sensitivity of sources and case materials a veil of misinformation has been drawn. But WHY use such an overly complex and far fetched story!? A far simpler and more realistic version would’ve been much easier to believe, and ignore…
    2.
    Mossad leaving bread crumbs for US intel to follow?
    Then again, they could’ve gone for ‘weapons of mass destruction’. That seems to do the trick.. ;-)

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