A new bombshell report has revealed that President Donald Trump’s team hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to orchestrate a “dirty ops” campaign against former president Barack Obama and key individuals from his administration who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal.
The extraordinary revelations come days before Trump’s 12 May deadline to either scrap or continue to abide by the international deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program, The Guardian reported Saturday.
According to the news outlet, people in the Trump camp contacted private investigators in May last year to “get dirt” on the Obama team. Investigators were also reportedly told to contact prominent Iranian Americans as well as pro-deal journalists – from the New York Times, MSNBC television, the Atlantic, Vox website and Haaretz, the Israeli newspaper among others – who had frequent contact with the Obama administration team.
From The Guardian:
Sources said that officials linked to Trump’s team contacted investigators days after Trump visited Tel Aviv a year ago, his first foreign tour as US president. Trump promised Netanyahu that Iran would never have nuclear weapons and suggested that the Iranians thought they could “do what they want” since negotiating the nuclear deal in 2015. A source with details of the “dirty tricks campaign” said: “The idea was that people acting for Trump would discredit those who were pivotal in selling the deal, making it easier to pull out of it.”
As noted in the report, “Trump’s dirty ops attack on Obama legacy shows pure hatred for Iran deal.”
“These are extraordinary and appalling allegations but which also illustrate a high level of desperation by Trump and [the Israeli prime minister] Benjamin Netanyahu, not so much to discredit the deal but to undermine those around it,” said Jack Straw, who as foreign secretary was involved in earlier efforts to restrict Iranian weapons.
One former high-ranking British diplomat with wide experience of negotiating international peace agreements, requesting anonymity, said: “It’s bloody outrageous to do this. The whole point of negotiations is to not play dirty tricks like this.”