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Iran / CIA Covert Operation #861382

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 22, 2007
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) ABC News exclusive information on President Bush's authorization of secret operations inside Iran introduced.

(Studio: Brian Ross) The covert CIA operation to destabilize the Iranian regime examined; details given about a campaign of propaganda broadcasts, newspaper articles and the manipulation of the currency. [Former counterterrorism official Richard CLARKE†- says an intelligence finding is required.] [Former assistant Secretary of Defense Peter RODMAN†- says Iran is economically vulnerable.] [Former CIA official Bruce RIEDEL†- says they concluded a military strike had more downsides and the administration wants to pressure the regime.] [Council on Foreign Relations Vali NASR†- says there is already a proxy war and a cycle of escalation could follow.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson; White House: Martha Raddatz) The response of the administration to the regime in Iran discussed.

Reporter(s):
Gibson, Charles;
Ross, Brian;
Raddatz, Martha
Duration:
00:04:20

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