Spy defectors claim Iran had foreknowledge of 9/11

9/11 attack

9/11 attack

By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
A new filing in a nine-year court case in Manhattan contains testimony by two defectors from Iran’s intelligence service, who claim that Tehran had “foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks”. According to The New York Times, the two unnamed defectors also claimed that the Iranian intelligence services helped al-Qaeda in planning the attacks, and that operatives of the Iranian government funded and helped train the 9/11 hijackers. The filing also claims that Hezbollah, the Iranian-linked militant group that controls large parts of Lebanon, helped shelter al-Qaeda members in the months and years following the American invasion of Afghanistan. The filing was submitted to a US federal court on last week, in support of a lawsuit seeking damages from the government of Iran for its alleged “direct support for, and sponsorship of, the most deadly act of terrorism in American history”. The lawsuit was initiated 2002 on behalf of families of people who died in the 9/11 attacks. But neither the names of the Iranian defectors nor the precise content of their testimony has been revealed to the public, as their assertions were submitted to the presiding judge under seal. Allegations of Iran’s complicity in the 9/11 attacks are not new. They were raised soon after the attacks unfolded, and were specifically mentioned in the 9/11 commission report, which stated that there was “strong evidence that Iran facilitated the transit of al-Qaeda members into and out of Afghanistan before 9/11, and that some of these were future 9/11 hijackers”. But the commission’s findings also stated that there was “no evidence that Iran or Hezbollah was aware of the planning for what later became the 9/11 attack”. These allegations of Iranian assistance to al-Qaeda seem to disregard the obvious religious chasm between Sunni al-Qaeda and Shiite Iran. Furthermore, The Times correctly notes that a full assessment of the Iranian defectors’ testimony is unfeasible until the precise content of the court filings becomes public.

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4 Responses to Spy defectors claim Iran had foreknowledge of 9/11

  1. lizburbank says:

    promoting bought&paid defector ‘info.’ is just what u.s. needs now –
    this reveals nothing but your ugly imperialist-zionist loyalties

  2. Ryan says:

    I have seen this movie before! (Hint: replace the last letter of Iran with “q”)

  3. max says:

    Hey Liz, I bet robertfulford is single ;)

  4. Ramzi Nohra says:

    “These allegations of Iranian assistance to al-Qaeda seem to disregard the obvious religious chasm between Sunni al-Qaeda and Shiite Iran. ”
    Yes. Although Iran has helped Sunni groups in the past eg Hamas, its hard to see why they would ally themselves with such hard line Wahabbis like AQ, who went on to slaughter thousands of Shia civilians in Iraq and have always viewed Iran as being a nest of heretics etc.

    In fact I think prior to 9/11 the biggest sponsor of the Northern Alliance was Iran. They were on the verge of invading Afghanistan themselves earlier due to the Taliban murder of a number of Iranian diplomats.

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