Intrigued by this line, from the New York Times book review Sunday of David Sanger’s recent book on Obama’s national security policy, Confront and Conceal:
On Iran, Obama initially tried a three-pronged approach of engagement, sanctions and covert action. Engagement died, according to Sanger, when American intelligence, intercepting Ayatollah Khamenei’s message traffic, realized he had no intention of giving up his option of building nuclear weaponry.
This would partly explain, and be consistent with, US intelligence officials’ assessment that they do not believe the Supreme Leader has made a decision yet about whether to make a nuclear weapon, but is keeping the option open.
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified to Congress in January:
One also wonders if such alleged surveillance capabilities are ongoing, and if so, how they are influencing current views of the diplomatic process.