Mossad Top Chief Had Reasons To Disclose ‘Sensitive’ Data To Washington In Visit
Iran seemed to be in news for the wrong reasons, again. Mossad Chief David Barnea might be in trouble as news come in from Iran that on his trip to Washington recently, he might have shared classified sensitive data.
He has recently concluded his trip to Washington, where he was focused on the Iranian Nuclear Programme, mostly. The Mossad chief held meetings with CIA counterpart William Burns, FBI director Christopher Wray, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and senior officials at the State Department.
Mr Barnea’s visit is considered by observers as the latest push by Israeli to sway western powers from a return to the 2015 deal with Tehran. It seems as if he was only trying to make Iranian side strong and present a situation that shows strength in the intend to move ahead with the nuclear programme.
Israel has said a deal would enable the funding of Iran-supported militants while failing to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon — an allegation that Iran has always said undermines their sovereignty. But, according to nuclear watchdogs, Iran has the capacity to develop a nuclear weapon in less than three months.
Israel feels insecure about its protection, but in the meeting, US officials did renew their commitment to Istanbul’s protection as they spoke to Mossad’s top man. “The Americans emphasized that they will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon and that they will continue to act in full co-operation with … Israel with regards to regional issues in the Middle East concerning the security of the state of Israel.”
The Times of Israel reported on Wednesday that top US officials had told Mr. Lapid that a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers would not be signed in the foreseeable future.
In 2018, Donald Trump, US president at the time, unilaterally withdrew from the agreement designed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
His successor Joe Biden has sought to return to the deal. But over a year and a half of talks, negotiations have hit several obstacles, including Tehran’s insistence that the International Atomic Energy Agency close its probes into uranium traces found at three undeclared sites before the nuclear pact is revived.