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January 31, 2015

Some Questions On Today's Mughniyah Stories

In the Washington Post Adam Goldman and Ellen Nakashima report today on the 2008 death of Hizbullah operator Imad Mughniyah.

On the same day Jeff Stein reports the same story for Newsweek. There are some differences in the details.

Mughniyah died from a tire blowout on a spare tire. The tire was filled with C4 explosives and metal balls and exploded at the back of a Toyota 4wd when Mughniyah walked past.

So far it had been assumed that the assassination had been a Mossad plot but the "news" in the story, based on "former U.S. intelligence officials", is that the CIA was heavily involved and that Bush gave the order to kill Mughniyah.

Two Israeli reporters, sometimes disseminators for Mossad phantasies, add some not so important bits.

The main difference between the two main stories, important in its legal aspect, is in who pressed the button. The Washington Post version:

The device was triggered remotely from Tel Aviv by agents with Mossad, the Israeli foreign intelligence service, who were in communication with the operatives on the ground in Damascus. “The way it was set up, the U.S. could object and call it off, but it could not execute,” said a former U.S. intelligence official.

The Newsweek version:

The kill was made all the harder by the way the bomb would be detonated. There was a two-second delay from the time the CIA and Mossad agents in the lookout post pushed the button to when the bomb exploded. Under the plan, the Mossad agent would ID Mugniyah, and the CIA man would press the remote control.
...
Finally, on the night of February 12, 2008, after two months of round-the-clock surveillance, they caught Mugniyah alone.

“They made a positive ID. Click. One, one thousand; two, one thousand...ka-boom.

So in the Neweek version some CIA guy is guilty of murder while in the Washington Post version somebody in Tel Aviv should be hanged for it.

According to Elijah J. Magnier, who in 2008 reported the story from the Syrian side, the Newsweek version is the more correct one. Magnier also had some additional details in his tweets today.

But aside from the content of the story, which I do not believe to be really relevant, there are questions that could need some answers:

Why is the Washington Post "dumping" the story into the Friday evening/Saturday morning news hole? Usually such a story would be published Saturday evening/Sunday morning thereby and fetch some time on the Sunday shows.

Why is the story coming out now? Has it to do with the spat between Obama and Netanyahoo? Is it a diversion from Israel's recent loss against Hizbullah? Has it to do with the U.S. negotiations with Iran?

The story was obviously ready for some time to be put out by two competing papers. Both were likely waiting for a go from their sources to publish it. Why was the "go" given now? By whom?

Posted by b on January 31, 2015 at 01:54 PM | Permalink

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As I understand it, Newsweek had the story, but CIA convinced them not to publish. WaPo ignored CIA's request, which explains why both showed up at once. It's like the drone base again.

Posted by: emptywheel | Jan 31, 2015 2:16:18 PM | 1

good question b and i like emptywheels answer.

either way mossad and cia are in constant cahoots.. that much we knew beforehand, but this is just more proof.. when is the usa going to get it's sorry ass to separate from israel?

Posted by: james | Jan 31, 2015 3:17:25 PM | 2

If WaPo made the decision against the wishes of the CIA then it seems reasonable to assume that Israel urged them to do it. Perhaps Netanyahu sees some political advantage but it can't be that much. This story is not going to detract from the problem emerging from his coming speech before Congress.

Posted by: ToivoS | Jan 31, 2015 3:45:18 PM | 3

My personal opinion is that the White House wants to "undermine"/discredit Netanjahu (even) more and that we can expect to see more of this kind of leaks that would inflict damage upon Netanjahu, Israel & the Republicans (think elections of 2016).

We'll just have to wait & see.

Posted by: Willy2 | Jan 31, 2015 3:53:21 PM | 4

@b

Thanks b for bringing up the story, and for pointing out the different versions.

Why is the story coming out now?

I've been scratching my head about it too. The publication of the story has multiple implications and serious consequences in many quarters. The story is coming out against the backdrop of Hezbollah's response to the Zionist entity killing of Mughniyeh Jr., and the masquerade of saving the "prestige" of the US president, yet again walked upon by the Zionist entity. As a policy, the Zionist entity neither accept nor denies its participation in killing operatives of their enemies, particularly in foreign soil. The opening of this operation to the public had to be sanctioned by many at National Security Council level, and it goes counter the Zionist entity schizoid policy of acceptance/denial. So, why publish it, and why now? The details had to come from way at the top of one of the many alphabet soup letters, or a combination of them. The only reason would be to expose the Zionist entity as being behind the killing, which Hezbollah already knew. Placing the CIA/Mossad side-by-side as co-perps is even more mind boggling, the US didn't need to take responsibility for it, as Mossad was already the fallen culprit. Why is the story coming out now? Why is the story full of details about the operation? Anyone guess is as good as mine.

As for the CIA reasons to take active part in this operation, Commander Hajj Imad Mughniyeh was not a third rate Hezbollah operative, a good reason to target him, but at that time he did not signify a clear and present danger to the US. The CIA had enough motivation to kill him for his not proven involvement in the Beirut barracks and US embassy bombings, both in 1983, and allegedly perpetrated by Hezbollah. He was a threat to Israel, no question about it, and his assassination might have been a combo of US/CIA vendetta plus Zionist entity/Mossad fear of Mughniyeh as a high caliber guerrilla operator.

By whom?

Clearly, it was a political decision. Given the state of relations US/Zionist entity, the WH looks suspicious, if the point would have been to target Netayahoo, but consciously endanger the Zionist entity by exposing it to one of its most lethal enemies? I don't think so. A warning to Netayahoo about "more to come" if he makes the trip to speak at the Roman circus? Maybe. As above, anyone guess is as good as mine.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 31, 2015 4:52:03 PM | 5

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Uhh...not really. Quit the opposite. (Are you sure MoA isn't an EU intel hangout?)

Nobody cares about Hamas or Hizbullah. What they care about is 'American Sniper'. Rather, what they are MADE to care about is 'American Sniper'. What They™ care about is eradicating these 'cockroaches', globally. So a good #CockroachEradicationStory tells the talking head mendicants on Sunday Trollop Hour to keep their 'treasonous' mouths shut about Netanyahu.

My guess is you'll flip through the Sunday channels full of soft-ball political pron, then light gerbil chatter about the SuperBowl, maybe some old duffer whining about KXL and Global Warming, then cut to Kellogg's Super Smacks for kids. Be all you can be. Whoo-ahh.

McCain has armed and funded Al Nusra AQ and The Caliph ISIS. We got him on video! Now he's grifted $10Bs in funding to send American kids back into the meat grinder of Syria that the PNAC has created, only this time, ISIS has US-made arms, armor and 50-cal sniper rifles.

Bibi is visiting, like Satan mentoring his minions, to give the pep talk. Go Blue Team!
Watch for contrails in the sky. On to Tehran. Lu-lu-lu-lu-lu-lu-lu-lu-lu!!

Posted by: ChipNikh | Jan 31, 2015 4:55:18 PM | 6

lol @6!

Posted by: james | Jan 31, 2015 5:00:30 PM | 7

It's the work of Israel agents. Israel is in a desperate campaign to inflame Iran and Hezbollah and push them to reckless retaliations that would affect negatively their position in the Iran-Nuclear deal.
I am sure Hezbollah and Iran always knew who was behind Mughniye assassination. No surprise for them here. Yet the public exposition of the Israeli and USA involvement is supposed to inflame the partisans and push them to call Hezbollah for retaliation.
After the killing of the Hezbollah and Iran commanders, Israel was expecting a messy retaliation but it got a clean and humiliating blow to its intelligence and army.
The leak about the killing Mughniye will get no messy retaliation either from Hezbollah.
Israel is expected to be increasingly and actively hysterical as the deadline of the USA-Iran nunclear deal is approaching. They'll use any wood to burn the deal.

Posted by: Virgile | Jan 31, 2015 5:00:46 PM | 8

Ukrainian army launches two Tochka-U ballistic missiles at Donetsk and Gorlovka, but they break apart midflight.

Scenario A: Ukrainian military sabotaged missiles rather than fire on their own people.

Scenario B: Ukrainian military due to massive desertions are incompetent.

Scenario C: Russia shot down both missiles.

source - http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/ukrainian-army-launches-two-tochka-u-ballistic-missiles-at-donetsk-and-gorlovka-but-they-break-apart-midflight/

I have PBS TV on in the background, mainly for its comedic value, and I just heard that the Ukraine Government and the, ahem, Rebels have resumed peace talks in Minsk. There is no business like show business.

Posted by: Alberto | Jan 31, 2015 5:27:06 PM | 9


' So in the Newsweek version some CIA guy is guilty of murder while in the Washington Post version somebody in Tel Aviv should be hanged for it. '

But no one is 'guilty of murder', b. And no one should be hanged. They should get a Nobel Peace Prize. The button they pressed is the same one Barack the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Obama uses every Tuesday to kill women, children, wedding parties, and what-have-you world wide.

Maybe that's why it's come out now? Why its two, two, that's two meals in one. The guy who got blown away is the one (they say is) responsible for killing 242 US Marines in Lebanon.

1. The guys the Nobel Peace Prize candidates (and recipients) assassinate are bad guys, not women, children, and wedding parties.
2. These bad guys are acting up again ... get ready for some more US/Israeli assassinations.

Probably now, to avoid confusion, the US/Israeli assassins will both push the button at the same time. All over the world. There is a special relationship between US and Israeli assassins. 'Indissoluble', as the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate likes to say. And the next Nobel Peace Prize should go to an Israeli. Bibi, for instance, to acknowledge the great strides he's - they've - made for world peace. Just like Barack the Nihilist Peace Prize Laureate Obama, and the Senatus Populusque Americanorum.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 31, 2015 6:13:48 PM | 10

i think this is primarily for US domestic consumption, to remind us in this dire time of friction between the US and israel to remind us all how important our partnership with our #1 ally in the middle east is to US national interests, lest we forget.

apparently U.S. counterterrorist operatives couldn’t find him.

In 2007, however, Mossad’s then-chief, Meir Dagan, tipped the CIA off to a Mugniyah hideout in Damascus, said another source involved in the hunt.

“Dagan said basically, ‘We have acquired the location of him and we know that he has a lot of American blood on his hands and so we would like to offer this up to you

the good ol days.

Posted by: annie | Jan 31, 2015 11:53:45 PM | 11

There's an interesting link on Drudge, Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State; books burned...and once you scroll through all the Zio-Inflamist hype, at the end, when they are interviewing actual, you know, real Iraqis, they are saying that men *dressed as* Islamic State have looted the mosques and universities of rare manuscripts as old as 5000 BC, then left in air-conditioned-van trucks with no license plates, bound for Syria, no doubt, Israel.

This is the same M.O. as the sack of Baghdad, one of the greatest repositories of antiquities in the world, as soon as Shekhinah began, men *dressed as soldiers* looted all the museums and drove away in unmarked trucks, why, just like the WTC bmobing, when men *dressed as security personnel* looted the 100s tons of gold stored in the basement, bound for Israel, or who knows, maybe an uptown italian deli, and this is just boys being boys?

Fahged abahd et.

Posted by: ChipNikh | Feb 1, 2015 2:06:05 AM | 12

don't know that is the link you wanted to post chip.. liveleak to a starving korean girl..

Posted by: james | Feb 1, 2015 2:54:20 AM | 13

Posted by: ToivoS | Jan 31, 2015 3:45:18 PM | 3

If WaPo made the decision against the wishes of the CIA then it seems reasonable to assume that Israel urged them to do it.

yep.

Israelis are worried about CIA Hezbollah/Iran cooperation.

Now, did Israel recently strike Hezbollah/Iran in Syria on behalf of the US or didn't they?

It also explains the contradictory stories that were put out which side Israel prefers on the Golan.

US of course is working with all sides for conflict.

Posted by: somebody | Feb 1, 2015 3:04:35 AM | 14

If there's inconvenient news to be published then the US govt will do it on a Friday evening. The US is hedging its bets.

Posted by: Willy2 | Feb 1, 2015 5:17:39 AM | 15

In 2007, however, Mossad’s then-chief, Meir Dagan, tipped the CIA off to a Mugniyah hideout in Damascus

There was a lot of effort to appropriate the blame of the assassination on to Syria, even Angry Arab was implying this. This assassination was just before the "troubles" began. I think the idea was to blame Syria, get Hezbollah to be neutral.

Posted by: papa | Feb 1, 2015 5:20:31 AM | 16

@14: This could be one of the reasons why Hezbollah is willing to ratchet up tensions with Israel. It also could be a sign that the US is willing to improve relations with Iran.

Another reason for Israel & Netanjahu to be worried.

Posted by: Willy2 | Feb 1, 2015 5:34:07 AM | 17

And while we find out who and why and when and where the decision was made to make public the details of the killing of Commander Mughniyeh, the situation in Novorossiya has turned, yet again, in favor of the DNR/LNR. The Debaltsevo cauldron is about to be closed on about 6 to 8K Ukinazis. One is compelled to wonder what is the purpose of sending off all these Uki kids to kill and die for yet another monstrous CIA/MI5/Brussels mafia creation, when the Ukinazis don't have any military strategy, other than raze the Donbass oblast to the ground, Nazi style. "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Einstein may or may not have said that, but it is a good definition of insanity, one that fully applies to nerd-looking Ukinazi Yats and his neo-nazi banderist mafia. They were routed and defeated in August 2014, the so-called "cyborgs" assess were just kicked out of Donetsk airport, Damocles sword is hanging over Mariupol, and now the Debaltsevo cauldron is about to be closed in a couple of days, trapping almost an entire division. IMF has already told the Ukinazis there is no money for war, where is the money flowing from then? Tanks, mortars, grads, ordnance, fighter jets, cannon fodder a.k.a. soldiers, maintenance, all of that and more require millions of dollars A DAY. Are the US/Eurostan taxpayers footing the bill for these full time idiots? With what purpose? Keeping the war going, just for the hell of it, with no signs of any returns? No coal, no gas, only body-bags. Clearly, there is no military purpose on the Ukinazis side, the goal then has to be, at least, political. Keep Russia entangled in another Chechnya-style conflict at the gates of Europe, so NATO has a pretext to surround Russia with "Command Centers"? Provoke Russia to the point of intervention? (Sure, says Putin, ever seen a bear flying?) Prolong the conflict as a way of training for the rag-tag Ukinazi "army"? The recruiters of the "great mobilization" are getting kicked out of cities and towns all over Ukraine. So, I am very confused about the strategic and tactical goals of an army that keeps on fighting to be defeated again and again. Beyond the definition of insanity, the Ukinazis can be categorized as imbeciles, unless they have a hidden asset under the sleeve, and we are not able to see it. I hope b or other posters can shed light on this conundrum.

http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/02/01/3009

https://tinyurl.com/qysrlye

https://tinyurl.com/qa3qw5g

https://tinyurl.com/qenxejm (Russian)

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Feb 1, 2015 9:51:42 AM | 18

There was a lot of effort to appropriate the blame of the assassination on to Syria, even Angry Arab was implying this. This assassination was just before the "troubles" began. I think the idea was to blame Syria, get Hezbollah to be neutral.

Posted by: papa | Feb 1, 2015 5:20:31 AM | 16

Yeah, that's exactly what the little Angry Arab shit is paid to do - attack Syria and HezB - attack the only regional groups that have managed to successfully resist the attacks of the Zio-Nazis

That's his job -

He's the perfect little "Anti-Zionist" - no wonder US academia gave him a job

Posted by: Rogan Josh | Feb 1, 2015 10:07:02 AM | 19

@14: This could be one of the reasons why Hezbollah is willing to ratchet up tensions with Israel. It also could be a sign that the US is willing to improve relations with Iran.

Another reason for Israel & Netanjahu to be worried.

Posted by: Willy2 | Feb 1, 2015 5:34:07 AM | 17

How is HezB "ratchet[ing] up tensions with Israel."?

Far as I remember the Zio-Nazis attacked first and HezB replied. To label their reply as "ratchet[ing] up tensions with Israel" is more than just alittle bit disingenuous

Posted by: Rogan Josh | Feb 1, 2015 10:10:05 AM | 20

@20 Far as I remember the Zio-Nazis attacked first and HezB replied.

It doesn't work like that. Israel knew that Hezbollah would attack the IDF in certain circumstance. Therefore Israel was quite within its rights to preempt that certain attack with its own pretaliatory strike. Israel is always the victim so the true factiness can only be resolved in that light.

Posted by: Yonatan | Feb 1, 2015 10:29:44 AM | 21

Israel knew that Hezbollah would attack the IDF in certain circumstance.

one of those circumstances being, in retaliation for israel attacking one of hezbollah's convoys.

Posted by: annie | Feb 1, 2015 10:53:34 AM | 22

21

whoops

my bad

Posted by: Rogan Josh | Feb 1, 2015 11:10:48 AM | 23

22

one of those circumstances being, in retaliation for israel attacking one of hezbollah's convoys.

Posted by: annie | Feb 1, 2015 10:53:34 AM | 22

that statement clearly lacks the requisite "Factiness - See @21 above

Posted by: Rogan Josh | Feb 1, 2015 11:13:40 AM | 24

what the fuck ever, Rogan Josh, annie knows of what she talks...

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Feb 1, 2015 11:20:04 AM | 25

from the RT version, http://rt.com/news/228151-cia-mossad-hezbollah-killing/
I assumed that four ex-"intelligence" guys willing to leak details of US guilt means that Israel wants the US to step in and fight Hezbollah directly, like Al-Quada. obviously it is no secret that Israel wants the US to fight Hamas & Hezbollah and would love to get attacks going between the US and them...

why report this stuff now? because Hezbollah is getting in Israel's way. the tank hit was a win for Hezbollah's image in the region besides being a technical success. so now with the "leak" about 2008, it's easier to blame the last hit against Hezbollah on the US too, right?

if the papers are not agreeing, it probably only means that there is some small contingent in DC that isn't so rabid to do Israel's bidding. Hezbollah is not a terrorist organization by anyone's standards except Israel's, and as badly as the US has behaved in recent years, going further shrinks the global support for US actions.

Posted by: anon | Feb 1, 2015 12:05:26 PM | 26

AFAIK

HezB has never launched an attack on Israel-proper that wasn't a response to a prior (usually completely unprovoked) attack by the Zio-Nazis

Posted by: Rogan Josh | Feb 1, 2015 12:20:36 PM | 27

Before, after, the point is moot. Erecting the Shtetl State was wrong from the start.

Posted by: ruralito | Feb 1, 2015 1:33:30 PM | 28

@21, "pretaliatory"?! Is that one of yours. Awesome confection!

Posted by: ruralito | Feb 1, 2015 1:58:29 PM | 29

@29 as jim thompson was given to saying "prexactly", lol..

Posted by: james | Feb 1, 2015 2:55:19 PM | 30

meh, "prexactly" doesn't do anything for me. Pre + exactly? What's that supposed to mean? Not quite exact? Pretaliatory, however, euphemistically softens the blow of out-and-out retaliation. It's as if the practice of pretaliation exonerates as it destroys! I can see how that would appeal to the Israeli Wehrmacht.

Ugh, hate having to explain the joke!

Posted by: ruralito | Feb 1, 2015 3:46:22 PM | 31

ruralito, i would hate like hell to have to explain jim thompsons use of the phrase in 'the killer inside of me' too.. we're even.

Posted by: james | Feb 1, 2015 4:11:45 PM | 32

@32, well, it's not a phrase, but give it a shot. What did "prexactly" mean to Jim Thompson?

Posted by: ruralito | Feb 1, 2015 5:12:28 PM | 33

i think he was mostly playing with words, but i am going on recollection. pretaliatory is a good word for israels actions which contrast directly with the regular victim status it works so hard to maintain and with which the msm is so happy to comply with.

Posted by: james | Feb 1, 2015 7:28:01 PM | 34

Imo, pretataliatory definite;y belongs in the Is/Pal lexicon. I'm surprised it took so long for someone to 'discover' it. But now someone has. And late is always better than never...

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Feb 1, 2015 7:48:37 PM | 35

That's not exactly what I meant to say. But E&OE it's approximately right.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Feb 1, 2015 7:56:33 PM | 36

My hunch is that the timing of this news dump is itself a kind of PsyOp on Hezbollah by the Jewish State, in order to get Hezbollah enraged enough to get revenge on the US directly, something that the Jewish State craves (to make Hezbollah an enemy like " al-QAEDA," IS, etc. The Jewish State, from the beginning, has fraudently been trying to link Hezbollah to every terrorist attack, from Argentina to Bulgaria. In every speech Netanyahu gives, there's always this bombastic, histrionic conflation between poor Israel's enemy's and the West's. Now, they're trying, I think, a different tact, striking when the iron is hot (Hezbollah's anger over the Israeli assassinations).

Posted by: BigGuppie | Feb 1, 2015 8:58:02 PM | 37

bigguppie, you might have a point if hezbollah didn't already know the US was involved in the assassination, but that's not the case according to nasrallah: Hezbollah: The Weakness of Israel (pt 1 of 6 pt series)

pretaliatory is a great word!

prexactly only make sense if you pronounce it vs reading it. it's a combination of precisely and exactly. it's doubling down for extra emphasis. (probably)

Posted by: annie | Feb 2, 2015 1:06:13 AM | 38

oh sucks, sorry. should have previewed.

Posted by: annie | Feb 2, 2015 1:06:59 AM | 39

Posted by: annie | Feb 2, 2015 1:06:13 AM | 38

precisely. It would be used by someone with a speech tic or impediment, a psychological problem.

Posted by: somebody | Feb 2, 2015 1:49:18 AM | 40

@38 annie. that's it! precisely and exactly = prexactly. thanks.

Posted by: james | Feb 2, 2015 12:30:11 PM | 41

The Israeli/CIA role in killing was fully covered within 48 hours of it happening back in 2008 by Esquire Magazine reporter in the region who even interviewed Mugniyeh's daughter while attending his funeral:
http://www.esquire.com/the-side/blog/hezbollah-funeral-022108

Posted by: J987 | Feb 2, 2015 7:15:20 PM | 42

@38 thanks, Annie, for the correction. Had no idea Hezbollah already knew. Now I'm really perplexed. My question is, Whose perception are they trying to manipulate? & why?

Posted by: BigGuppie | Feb 2, 2015 9:18:19 PM | 43

@38, Annie, indeed, according to the video you linked, Hezbollah is fully aware of CIA/Mossad cooperation; but I didn't see in the video where Hexbollah knew that this specific assassination used CIA know-how. Thanks for the vid, though.

Posted by: BigGuppie | Feb 2, 2015 9:24:33 PM | 44

Why this is being aired now: it's a ruse by Israel Lobby think tanks and anonymous government officials of using the recent death of Mughniyeh's son as an opportunity to reinforce its disinformation about Hezbollah (trying to use Reagan-era claims to justify why it should be on the US no-go list, when it hasn't targeted American civilians) with a convenient Syria angle. Compliant American presstitutes regurgitate the progaganda with slightly different spin.

Posted by: Rusty Pipes | Feb 2, 2015 9:25:14 PM | 45

It's worth noting that Zionist terrorists invented the car bomb during Britain's occupation. Israel has blamed many vehicle bombs (such as the one that killed Hariri or the Bulgarian bus bomb) immediately on a current foe, while offering no substantial proof. These claims by Israel have been among the evidence used by the US to put Israel's foes on our terrorist list and subject them to a variety of sanctions. Cui bono?

Posted by: Rusty Pipes | Feb 4, 2015 8:54:27 PM | 46

What the CIA didn’t want Americans to know


For a year, Newsweek held a story on the assassination of top Hezbollah operative Imad Mughniyeh at the CIA’s request, the magazine confirmed Friday — only to be scooped by The Washington Post last week.

“In the geopolitical context at that moment, the CIA made a very persuasive case,” [Newsweek Editor-in-Chief Jim] Impoco said in an interview – but declined to say what arguments the CIA made at the time. The CIA also declined to comment.

On Friday, Jan. 30, the Post published its account of Imad Mugniyeh’s death and Newsweek soon followed – odd timing for a blockbuster national security story with global implications, including the potential to derail U.S. talks with Iran, Hezbollah’s chief patron.

Over at the Post, the story was held for two and a half weeks at the CIA’s request, according to a source at the newspaper. The CIA had asked for the delay to deal with certain circumstances and a schedule was mutually agreed upon.

The Post’s original plan was to post the story online on Saturday, Jan. 31 and feature it in the Sunday paper. But when the Post learned that the CIA had tipped off other outlets that the story would be coming out, the paper’s editors decided to publish it immediately, and the story went up around 10:00 p.m. on Friday night.

Newsweek published its account – by veteran intelligence reporter Jeff Stein, a former Washington Post writer – more than two hours later, at 12:24 a.m.

But though both the Post and Newsweek posted their stories within hours of one another, and both stories cited former intelligence officials as sources, they differ in significant ways.

According to the Post, the bomb that killed Mughniyeh was triggered from Tel Aviv by Mossad agents who were in communication with CIA spotters on the ground in Damascus.

According to Newsweek, a Mossad agent identified Mughniyeh and helped provide intelligence, but it was the CIA that pressed the button.

“I’m completely convinced our version is correct,” Impoco said. “We’re utterly confident we’re right.”


So Newsweek knew for a year that the CIA pushed the button, but agreed not to publish.

The Washington Post knew for 2 1/2 weeks, but ... "The CIA had asked for the delay to deal with certain circumstances and a schedule was mutually agreed upon."

Looks like the 'certain circumstance' was the CIA's pressing the button.

The deal was the CIA got the Israelis assurance they wouldn't squeal when they opened the Post and discovered that it was themselves who pressed the button. They got back to Bezo's Amazon Post with the news and the Sunday schedule ... but they 'forgot' to tell Newsweek what to publish ... or Newsweek just published the truth anyway.

Probably 'cause they were pissed at the sweetheart deal that Bezo's Amazon Post - the CIAs cloud storage organ - got from the CIA?

Posted by: jfl | Feb 7, 2015 1:10:55 AM | 47

israel could have then but they did,nt is,nt it.so why now when the leb army getting guns from usa.because thats why.in summer coming there will be a grave diggers bluff,texas style,with hangmans noose well prepared for future israel president.it would be nice plan.all cooked up.
but
iran has one of the most active crusts worldwide with earthquakes like snakes.

writhe and bite,a devil,s blight.


Posted by: mcohen | Feb 9, 2015 6:19:40 AM | 48

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