The NYT Plays Press Agent for Netanyahu’s Big Lies on Iran’s Nuclear Program

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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Headlining “Israel Says Secret Files Prove Iran Lied About Nuclear Program” lends support to what demands condemnation.

The Times: “Revealing a huge archive of stolen Iranian nuclear plans, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel accused Iran on Monday of lying for years about its efforts to build a nuclear weapon.”

Time and again, most readers don’t go much beyond headlines and opening paragraphs, impressions drawn from them. 

The above Times headline and opening paragraph read like a Netanyahu press release, instead of denouncing his clearly fabricated accusations.

He’s a notorious liar, especially on Iran, exposed numerous times before, Monday the latest example of inventing rubbish to demonize the country, maybe part of something much more sinister to come.

The Times: “…Netanyahu presented records from a secret warehouse in Tehran, making the case that Iranian leaders had deceived the international nuclear agency when they insisted their nuclear program was for peaceful purposes.” 

“Israeli spies seized the documents in an overnight raid in January, a senior Israeli official said.”

No evidence suggests so-called “secret files” exist, nor seizure by “Israeli spies” in an undetected January raid in Tehran.

The scenario sounds like a grade B film plot, the latest attempt to demonize Iran. Notorious liar Netanyahu can never be believed on anything.

He’s been caught red-handed making numerous false accusations before.

Following his Monday announcement, Trump displayed ignorance about the JCPOA nuclear deal – turning truth on its head, claiming “(i)n seven years, that deal will have expired, and Iran will be free to make nuclear weapons.”

False! Iran is an NPT signatory. The JCPOA prohibits Iranian development and production of nuclear weapons ever.

Tehran deplores these weapons, wants them eliminated. Israel is the only regional nuclear armed and dangerous state, a serial aggressor likely to use them at some time ahead, maybe against Iran.

The Times: “Mr. Netanyahu said that Iran had intensified its efforts to hide evidence of its weapons program after signing the nuclear deal in 2015, and in 2017 moved its records to a secret location in Tehran that looked like ‘a dilapidated warehouse.’ “

“Few Iranians knew where it was, very few. And also a few Israelis.”

“Mossad operatives broke into the (so-called warehouse) one night last January, removed the original documents and smuggled them back to Israel the same night,” according to an unnamed Israeli official the Times cited.

Annual US intelligence assessments confirm no evidence indicates an Iranian nuclear weapons program exists.

It’s unclear what Mossad agents did or didn’t do. It’s very clear that Netanyahu’s Monday performance was another exercise in serial lying.

The Times failed to responsibly denounce the ruse.

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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.