Can a meeting between the Israeli Mossad and the American CIA be called secret if the Iranian press knows and talks about it? Is it information or dis-information?
The hint of a secret meeting between CIA and Mossad operatives, plus members of the Israeli government sounded intriguing when they appeared on the website The Flu Case by ever valiant Jane Burgermeister, but reading it one quickly realizes that the original information - or dis-information - comes from the Iranian site Press TV.
Sometimes, Press TV can be an interesting source that may offer a point of view that's refreshingly different from other country's corporate and/or state-sponsored media, but on an issue that directly involves Iran, all readers are advised to read between the lines even more attentively than is necessary in all cases; be it the BBC or CNN, Russia Today or France 24 - to name but a few.
So here's the open source document of a "secret meeting" that wasn't so secret after all, or Press TV wouldn't be able to report it.
A secret meeting between the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Leon Panetta and Israeli officials has reportedly centered on Iran's nuclear program.
In a secret flying visit to Israel on Thursday, the head of the CIA reportedly discussed Iran's nuclear issue in a sit-down with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Mossad Chief Meir Dagan.
The trip, which was originally scheduled to take place in May, follows a recent wave of developments in the Middle East that strongly imply preparations for a possible new military conflict in the region.
Israel has allegedly increased the scope of its undercover operations in the region, particularly against Lebanon, Iran, Syria and the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas.
Naturally, given the CIA's history of failures, one could easily imagine that this was another one ... but the Mossad's track record doesn't make it appear likely that this was another SNAFU event ...