Israel suspected of carrying out 'series of leaks' implicating Iran in nuke programmes
Israel is thought to have carried out a series of leaks implicating Iran in nuclear weapons experiments in a bid to raise international pressure on Tehran and halt its program, it has emerged.
Western officials claim that leaks may have backfired, compromising a UN-sanctioned investigation into Iran's past nuclear activities and current aspirations.
The latest leak, published by a US-base news agency, purported to be an Iranian diagram showing the physics of a nuclear blast.
According to the Guardian, scientists, however, quickly pointed out an elementary mistake that cast doubt on its significance and authenticity.
An article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists declared, 'this diagram does nothing more than indicate either slipshod analysis or an amateurish hoax.'
The leaked diagram raised questions about an investigation being carried out by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors after it emerged that it formed part of a file of intelligence on alleged Iranian nuclear weapons work held by the agency.
According to the paper, Western officials said they have reasons to suspect Israel of being behind the most recent leak and a series of previous disclosures from the IAEA investigation.
Officials call it Israel's impatience at what it sees as international complacency over Iranian nuclear activity, the apper said.
The leaks are part of an intensifying shadow war over Iran's atomic programme being played out in Vienna, home to the IAEA's headquarters, the report added.