The NYT reports:
Mr. Obama’s top advisers say they no longer believe the key finding of a much disputed National Intelligence Estimate about Iran, published a year before President George W. Bush left office, which said that Iranian scientists ended all work on designing a nuclear warhead in late 2003.
After reviewing new documents that have leaked out of Iran and debriefing defectors lured to the West, Mr. Obama’s advisers say they believe the work on weapons design is continuing on a smaller scale — the same assessment reached by Britain, France, Germany and Israel.
Well, it’s served its purpose now, which was to paralyze us at a critical juncture and to help get Obama elected. (For example, consider this Time piece from December 2007.) Never mind that it was clearly nonsense all along.
So why did Bush’s director of national intelligence publish the NIE? I suppose we’ll never know, but I’ve long suspected that he was expecting it to leak, or knew that it already had.
(Via the Corner.)