Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Israel’s Implausible, Dark Night & Torches, Heist of Iranian Nuclear Secrets

National Post
“Last year, the spies began planning a heist that one senior Israeli intelligence official said bore a strong resemblance to George Clooney’s adventures in “Oceans 11.”
 This absurd tale is the reason, so we’re told, that Trump was convinced to pull out of the JCPOA/P5+1.
 It’s so Hollywood. The whole narrative. Complete with the above reference to George Clooney’s Oceans 11. But not the new all girl one cause that one is supposed to be a stinker. 

 After reading just two paragraphs, just the two opening paragraphs, recalling this so called dramatic heist. I was completely skeptical.

The first two paragraphs via the National Post
“TEL AVIV, Israel — The Mossad agents moving in on a warehouse in a drab commercial district of Tehran, Iran, knew exactly how much time they had to disable the alarms, break through two doors, cut through dozens of giant safes and get out of the city with a half-ton of secret materials: six hours and 29 minutes.

The morning shift of Iranian guards would arrive around 7 a.m., a year of Israeli surveillance of the warehouse had revealed, and the agents were under orders to leave before 5 a.m. to have enough time to escape. Once the Iranian custodians arrived, it would be instantly clear that someone had stolen much of the country’s clandestine nuclear archive, documenting years of work on atomic weapons, warhead designs and production plans”
Netanyahu's big diagram for his big expose

“The morning shift of Iranian guards would arrive around 7 a.m.”

I really had trouble believing that there would only be a morning/day shift of guards on the job guarding such precious and secret materials.  Yet, that’s what we’re supposed to believe

“ Once the Iranian custodians arrived it would be instantly clear that someone had stolen .....”

So no Iranian guards at work guarding the country’s alleged super duper clandestine nuclear archives over night? When any would be spies would have the benefit of the dark and a lack of people out and about necessitating the presence of guards, much more then through the day time!

No sooner had I finished read the excerpts above when it seemed most probable the rest of the story is bogus.
It feels like a rehash of something I’ve heard or read previously? Possibly more then one time?

"Netanyahu says his government has obtained “half a ton” of secret Iranian documents proving the Tehran government once had a nuclear weapons program."
As if the absurd idea of Iranian guards not working a night shift to protect these alleged state secrets isn’t enough- there’s still more silliness to confront. 
Consider the fact that this type of operations runs counter to usual Mossad ops

“In most Mossad operations, spies aim to penetrate a facility and photograph or copy material without traces.”

Instead we’re supposed to believe that the superspooks fled with half a ton of old documents!
“There is no way to independently confirm the authenticity of the documents, most of which were at least 15 years old”
 “The Israelis hand-picked the documents shown to the reporters, meaning that exculpatory material could have been left out”
The Israeli’s hand picked, for the media show, documents that have no provenance.
“For all the cinematics of the raid, the immediate aftermath was absent much drama. There was no chase, said Israeli officials, who would not disclose whether the documents left by land, air or sea —“

At this point in the presented narrative, I’m thinking no one gave chase because these agents were never in Iran for this raid.
“At exactly 7 a.m., as the Mossad expected, a guard arrived and discovered that the doors and safes were broken.”

At exactly 7:00 am as the Mossad had expected a guard arrived ? How is this known?
Was someone left behind to keep watch? That’s not indicated in the recount. The report reads as if everyone left with their 1000 lb load of papers.

“The Iranians have maintained that the entire trove is fraudulent — another elaborate scheme by the Israelis to get sanctions reimposed on the country.”
I would tend to agree with the claim that the entire trove of unverifiable documents is fraudulent. And this cinematic drama is a really bad story. Thumbs down!


  1. Trust me, there WILL be a Hollywood version...and it WILL be a(nother) stinker.


  2. For every story like this that gets released I suspicion at least 20 actions were taken against humanity that were successful. After all, who controls all the mainstream media? Who owns Google for that matter? Standard Protocol stuff.

    1. Hi RP: you're probably right on that
      for every news item like this there are undoubtedly dozens of actions/crimes against humanity we know nothing about.

  3. Wow. The NYT no sooner posts a how-to on safe-cracking, than Bibi's got the material for his Al Gore impression.

    How to Crack a Safe

    Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu says 'half ton' of documents prove Iran lied about nuclear program

    All of which reminds me of Father Guido Sarducci's: Five Minute University.

    If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is.

    1. Hey YaYa:
      I don't believe this tall tale at all!