The Rupert Murdoch owned Times of London reported last week that a 2007 document demonstrates that Iran has been developing a trigger for a nuclear weapon. Only problem is, it ain’t so. My intelligence contacts are telling me that the story is a complete fabrication, probably originating either with the Israelis or with a European intelligence service. The US was not involved in the deception in spite of the claims made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad implicating CIA, but it is nevertheless correct to say that the story is a deliberate attempt to provide supporting evidence for the thesis that the Iranians are developing a nuclear weapon. The document that the news report is based on was a forgery that apparently was “discovered” by Iranian opposition groups, the usual conduit for dubious information intended to demonize Iran.
This is not to suggest that Iran is some kind of innocent party in its nuclear program, but it does demonstrate that there are folks out there who are willing to go the extra mile to make a case for war.