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Iran’s Yes Man

Mike Ledeen was on this yesterday, but it strikes me as so outrageous it bears repeating here, today from Eli Lake:

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency effectively fired his lead Iran investigator this spring at the request of the Iranians, according to a new report in the German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag.

The lead inspector of the 15-man IAEA team in Iran, Chris Charlier, told the newspaper that the IAEA chief, Mohammad ElBaradei, agreed to a request the Iranian government made, and relegated Mr. Charlier, a 64-year-old Belgian, to office work at the organization’s Vienna-based headquarters. The Iranian request was reportedly made when Mr. ElBaradei visited Iran in April.

The news could have explosive consequences for America’s policy of entrusting Mr. ElBaradei to negotiate an end to Iran’s uranium enrichment. In 2004, after intelligence reports found him coaching the Iranians on the intricacies of the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, the State Department launched a campaign to prevent Mr. ElBaradei, an Egyptian, from running for an unprecedented third term as IAEA secretary-general. That campaign failed after other countries expressed their support for him.

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