WASHINGTON – New revelations about two documents leaked to The Times of London to show that Iran is working on a “nuclear trigger” mechanism have further undermined the credibility of the document the newspaper had presented as evidence of a continuing Iranian nuclear-weapons program.
A columnist for The Times has acknowledged that the two-page Farsi document published by the newspaper last month was not a photocopy but an expurgated and retyped version of the original document.
A translation of a second Farsi document also published by The Times, moreover, contradicts the newspaper’s claim that it shows the “nuclear trigger” document was written within an organization run by an Iranian military scientist.
Former Central Intelligence Agency official Philip Giraldi has said US intelligence judges the “nuclear trigger” document to be a forgery. Inter Press Service (IPS) has written that the documentlacked both security markings and identification of either the issuing organization or the recipient.
The new revelations point to additional reasons intelligence analysts would have been suspicious of the document.
On December 14, The Times published what it explicitly represented as a photocopy of a complete Farsi document showing Iranian plan…