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Posted on 12/04/2003 8:34:49 PM PST by nuconvert
Iran-Contra Figure Re-emerges as Middleman for Iraq Information to U.S. Government
PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer Wednesday, October 15, 2003 (10-15) 11:54 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) --
A central figure in the Iran-Contra affair of the 1980s has passed allegations to the Bush administration that $150 million in enriched uranium was smuggled from Iraq into Iran five years ago and some may remain hidden in Iraq.
The information was relayed to the administration through a conservative author, Michael Ledeen. And Ledeen is now accusing the CIA of failing to aggressively check the allegation because of a long-held distrust of Manucher Ghorbanifar, a middleman in the Reagan administration's Iran-Contra swap of arms for hostages.
The CIA agrees it is dubious of information from Ghorbanifar, saying he has "proven to be a fabricator." But the intelligence agency did meet in Baghdad in recent days with Ghorbanifar's source of the uranium allegation, according to interviews.
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