White House spokesman Jay Carney responded to press questions Monday about Israeli leaks of alleged U.S. intelligence on Iran.
“We have a shared interest with Israel, countries in the region and around the world in preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and we cooperate accordingly,” Carney told journalists aboard Air Force One en route to Nebraska Monday when asked about Israeli leaks of U.S. Iran intelligence.
Asked again if leaks are complicating the matter, Carney didn’t exactly deny that any such leaks had occurred.
“We, as you know, have a robust, cooperative relationship with Israel on security matters; we share a great deal of information, and especially about Iran,” he said.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak raised eyebrows in the United States last week when he said that a new U.S. intelligence report “making the rounds” in Washington “transforms the Iranian situation into an even more urgent one.”
“Apparently a report by American intelligence agencies – I don’t know if it’s under the title NIE or under another title – which is making the rounds of high offices …comes very close to our own estimate, I would say, as opposed to earlier American estimates,” Barak told Israel Radio August 9, CBS News reported. (However, the last US NIE on Iran is from late 2010, experts told Al-Monitor, who said it would not be unusual if there was a new, more focused report on a narrow aspect of Iran’s nuclear program.)
Carney reiterated Monday that the US administration and its allies believe “there remains time and space to pursue a diplomatic course” with Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently said that “they had not yet made a decision about taking action, kinetic action,” Carney noted. Continue reading