Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Was There a Second Irangate?

Only half of the Iran-Contra affair has been told.--Amiram Nir, counterterrorism advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, point-man of Oliver North in the Iran-Contra operations, from an interview with Bob Woodward, Summer 1988
While reviewing some materials concerning various Iranian political events having occurred during the last years of Khomeini, I came across a fantastic piece of information which allows to identify with great probability, in fact with near certainty, the man previously only known as Witness C or by his alias Abolghasem Mesbahi.His true name is actually Abdul Hasan Mephahi. On Oct. 5, 1988, La Cinq, a French television network, mentioned Mephahi and informed their viewers that the Iranian diplomat had been expelled from France in 1983 for "activities not in keeping with diplomatic status."
Mehdi Hashemi, who had leaked the scandal to the media, was executed in 1987. Amiram Nir was assassinated on Dec. 1, 1988. Lt. Cmdr. R. J. Hunt told investigator R. Stitch that he had learned from Oliver North that Nir had been assassinated by the CIA because he was about to sell the story of the second Irangate.Gannon and McKee were US intelligence operatives working in Lebanon to release the US hostages. Both died on Pan Am 103. Both had worked with Nir on the security of Vice President Bush during his secret meeting with Iranian officials at the King David hotel in Jerusalem on July 29, 1986.Ian Spiro, a British citizen and US-MI6 Intelligence asset in the Lebanon, is one of the few people suspected to have betrayed Gannon and McKee and passed their travel plans to the Iranians the day prior the bombing of Pan Am 103.Spiro told journalists that he could link Irangate to Lockerbie. Soon after he left Lebanon, Spiro and his wife and three children were murdered in California. The San Diego Sheriff's Department never responded to an official request from Britain's Foreign Office for copies of a medical examiner's report on their unsolved deaths.In 1996, journalist Gary Webb published reports in the San Jose Mercury News claiming that Contras, with the protection of the Reagan administration, had distributed crack cocaine into Los Angeles to fund weapons purchases. In 2004, Gary Webb was found dead, officially having committing suicide. He shot himself twice in the head.In August 2002, Nidal, the man accused by Mephahi to have organized the bombing of Pan Am 103, also committed suicide by shooting a bullet in his mouth. According to Palestinian sources, which have seen his dead body, several bullets had entered the back of his head. Read full story

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