Commenting on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's threats to introduce unprecedented sanctions against Tehran, eminent independent investigative journalist Gareth Porter has blamed Washington for trying to tarnish Iran's image in terms of peaceful atomic development.
Prominent independent investigative journalist Gareth Porter, author of the book "Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare," underlined in a written interview with Sputnik that "the whole Iran crisis being recreated by the Trump administration is based on a pyramid of lies."
He recalled that in his book he specifically depicted "how the Bush administration gladly fell for a disinformation campaign by Israel using a set of fabricated documents to show that Iran had tried to mate a nuclear weapon with its Shahab-3 missile."
"We know they were fabricated because the drawings in question showed a reentry vehicle shape that we now know Iran's Defense Ministry had abandoned years before those drawings were dated, according to the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency]," Porter said.
He also recalled that both former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei and his predecessor Hans Blix voiced doubts about the "'false evidence' [of Tehran obtaining a nuclear weapon] that remain at the center of the [Iran] crisis."