Below John notes unconfirmed reports regarding the possible defection of former Iranian defense minister Ali Rez Asgari. Tomorrow’s Washington Post provides confirmation:
A former Iranian deputy defense minister who once commanded the Revolutionary Guard has left his country and is cooperating with Western intelligence agencies, providing information on Hezbollah and Iran’s ties to the organization, according to a senior U.S. official.
Ali Rez Asgari disappeared last month during a visit to Turkey. Iranian officials suggested yesterday that he may have been kidnapped by Israel or the United States. The U.S. official said Asgari is willingly cooperating. He did not divulge Asgari’s whereabouts or specify who is questioning him, but made clear that the information Asgari is offering is fully available to U.S. intelligence.
This morning Pajamas Media posted a pre-confirmation report with good background under the heading “Panic in Tehran.”
JOHN adds: Assuming he isn’t a double agent, this means our intelligence on Iran will be a lot better than the intelligence we had on Iraq.
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