Leaked files on Iran baseless – Israeli intelligence analyst

Israeli analyst dismisses media reports that leaked files throw doubt on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s claim in 2012 that Iran was about a year away from making a nuclear bomb.

HAIFA, ISRAEL (FEBRUARY 24, 2015) (REUTERS) – An Israeli intelligence analyst dismissed on Tuesday (February 24) media reports that appear to cast doubt on claims made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding Iran’s nuclear capability timeline.

According to the reports, secret files leaked to the The Guardian newspaper and Al-Jazeera investigative unit cast doubt on nuclear bomb claims made by Netanyahu during a speech at the U.N. General Assembly in September 2012.

Yossi Melman, a security and intelligence analyst and author of a book about Iran’s nuclear programme, said that the published documents were actually based on a Mossad routine briefing to counterpart security agencies, and not an authentic Mossad document.

“This is totally not information it just seems to be an attempted to convince people, and who do that, because they know that negotiations are coming to an end with the Americans one way or the other, personally I don’t believe a word of it,” Israeli intelligence analyst Yossi Melman told Reuters Television.

“For me to all of a sudden deciding that Israel is not at risk because, from Iran’s nuclear threat because of something that they wrote or they decided to declare there is no reason for me to believe them,” Melman added.

Israelis in Jerusalem appeared to show indifference to the reports.

“This is totally not information it just seems to be an attempted to convince people, and who do that, because they know that negotiations are coming to an end with the Americans one way or the other, personally I don’t believe a word of it,” David Glaizer, a Jerusalem resident, said.

“For me to all of a sudden deciding that Israel is not at risk because, from Iran’s nuclear threat because of something that they wrote or they decided to declare there is no reason for me to believe them,” Sarah from Jerusalem added.

Addressing the U.N. meeting in New York Netanayhu said that Iran had amassed nearly enough enriched uranium for a single atomic bomb, voicing confidence that the United States shared his view.

Netanyahu used a red felt tip marker pen to draw a red line on a cartoon picture of a bomb he was holding as he was making his speech to the U.N..

The documents obtained by The Guardian allegedly show that Mossad, the country’s intelligence service, contradicted Netanyahu’s statement.

According to the media reports, the report shared with South Africa a few weeks after his speech concluded that Iran was “not performing the activity to produce weapons”.

The United States accused Israel last week of distorting its position in the Iran nuclear talks through selective leaks, intensifying tensions before a controversial U.S. visit by Israel’s prime minister.

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