Monday, December 13, 2010

Australia feared Israeli strike on Iran could spark nuclear war, WikiLeaks cables reveal

So here is something for those who are saying Wikileaks is somehow making propaganda for war, which is a pretty ridiculous claim anyway. This cable appears to be an example of the exact opposite and exactly what we need.

From Haaretz

Australian intelligence agencies feared that Israel may attack Iran and that such an attack could set off a nuclear war in the Middle East, the Australian newspaper The Age reported on Monday.

The report, based on cables released by WikiLeaks and provided exclusively to The Age, said that Australian intelligence believed that Iran's nuclear program was intended for deterrence and that viewing Iran as a rogue state would be a mistake.

From The Age.

AUSTRALIAN intelligence agencies fear that Israel may launch military strikes against Iran and Tehran's pursuit of nuclear capabilities could draw the US and Australia into a potential nuclear war in the Middle East.

Australia's peak intelligence agency has also privately undercut the hardline stance towards Tehran of the US, Israeli and Australian governments, saying its nuclear program is intended to deter attack and it is a mistake to regard Iran as a rogue state.

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