Report of huge explosion at nuclear facility in Iran — Major news networks dismiss claim

Published: January 27th, 2013 at 6:35 pm ET
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Updated Here: Top British Paper: Massive explosion believed to have damaged nuclear facility in Iran -Sources

Title: Who spread reports of an ‘explosion’ at Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant and why?
Source: Haaretz Daily Newspaper
Author: Anshel Pfeffer
Date: Jan. 27, 2013

The Internet has been abuzz over the last couple of days with an uncorroborated report regarding a huge explosion in the underground uranium enrichment plant at Fordow in Iran. [...]

The main problem with the report is that no supporting evidence has appeared so far from any reliable sources to corroborate it, nor has a statements been released from an official source in Iran or any other country. All the main Western news organizations with contacts and sources in the intelligence community have steered well away from the story. (In Israel, only the tabloid Yedioth Ahronoth, which splashed the story on the front page of its Sunday edition, took notice of the story.)

Perhaps it’s the identity of the report’s author which leads to the disbelief: Reza Kahlili, an Iranian exile with an interesting past who is well known to many reporters covering intelligence and Iranian affairs. He published the report on the explosion, which apparently took place on Monday, the eve of the Israeli elections, on World News Daily, a veteran website with close contacts to the far-right in the United States. [...]

In a phone-interview with Haaretz (Kahlili used a voice-distorting device), he insisted that his information was accurate [...]

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Published: January 27th, 2013 at 6:35 pm ET
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