Iran Atomic Energy Boss: We Lie to Trick Spies

He says Tehran gives out fake information about strengths and weaknesses
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 21, 2012 8:35 AM CDT
Fereydoon Abbasi, Iran's Vice President and Head of Atomic Energy Organization, addresses the media during a news conference at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

(Newser) – Iran's head of atomic energy says the country has deliberately provided "false information" in an effort to trick spies. Fereydoon Abbasi told the Al Hayat website that "in order to protect our nuclear position and our achievements ... there is no other choice but to mislead foreign intelligence," the New York Times reports. (He singled out Britain's MI6 agency as snooping.) "Sometimes we present a weakness that we do not in fact really have, and sometimes we appear to have power without having it." Not surprisingly, he didn't provide specific examples.

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