Iran-Contra II?… Perhaps you’ve been following the case of the Defense Department analyst Larry Franklin, whom the FBI is investigating for passing classified documents to Israel. Perhaps you’ve read that Franklin works in the office of Undersecretary Douglas Feith. Perhaps you’ve noticed that this is the same shop that sponsored Ahmed Chalabi and pushed raw intel about an ultimately disproven partnership between Saddam and Osama. And perhaps you’ve wondered where this FBI investigation might be headed. If so, then read this. It’s the first installment of an investigative project that Joshua Micah Marshall, Laura Rozen, and I have been working on. It’s about yet another rogue intel operation involving these same folks and a couple names you might remember from the past: neocon operative Michael Ledeen and Iranian arms dealer Manucher Ghorbanifar of Iran-Contra fame.
Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly.