The still-missing central fact in the Iran drama

Salon
by Glenn Greenwald
10/07/09

Ever since Iran reported the existence of its Qom enrichment facility to the IAEA, one central assertion has been repeated as fact over and over by the American media to make the story as incriminating as possible: namely, that Iran only disclosed this because they discovered they had been ‘caught,’ i.e., they found out that the West knew of this facility and they thus had no choice but to disclose it. That assertion has been fundamental to the entire Iran drama. After all, if Iran voluntarily notified the IAEA of the Qom facility before it was even operational and thus agreed to have the facility inspected, it’s impossible to maintain the melodramatic storyline that Iran was planning something deeply nefarious here and got ‘caught red-handed.’ The assertion that Iran was forced into disclosure is vital to the entire plot, and it’s been constantly repeated as fact. But ever since this episode began, I’ve read countless accounts from numerous sources and never once saw a single piece of evidence to support this claim — and I’ve been actively looking for it and asking if anyone has seen such evidence...

//www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/10/07/iran/


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