Tuesday, August 31, 2004

From The Vault

In the index of my copy of Bob Woodward's Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987, I could find only one entry on Michael Ledeen, but it *is* germane:

(From Page 428)
..[CIA Director Bill] Casey met with Michael Ledeen, an NSC consultant who was close to [Oliver] North and [Robert} McFarlane. Ledeen told him that Ghorbanifar was coming to Washington with important intelligence and with proposals for operations. Casey set Ledeen and North up with the chief of the CIA's Iran desk.

In Washington, Ghorbanifar stayed at the Madison Hotel under the alias Nicholas Kralis. In a series of meetings involving the CIA, Ledeen and North, Ghorbanifar proposed a "sting" operation against [Libyan Dictator Moamar] Qaddafi in which the Libyan leader would pay $10 million for the disappearance of Libyan exile leader Magarieff, who then would resurface to Qaddafi's embarrassment. He also said that he had intelligence about a three-man Iranian team working in Europe to assassinate Iranian exiles. Ghorbanifar named his source, who had previously turned out to be unreliable.

The CIA's Iran chief sent Casey a memo saying that Ghorbanifar's "reporting on this team is very reminiscent of his previous terrorist reporting which, after investigation and polygraph, turned out to be fabricated...This has been a persistent problem throughout the four years we have known him...It is hard to find in the file any instance where his reporting in fact resulted in a solid development."

Not much has changed in 20 years, huh? Michael Ledeen, still in a hurry to be gullible and devious.