See Peaceniks, Seymour Hersh Is A Liar
18 Jan 2005 15:06 GMT
He should be put on trial for sedition or treason or something.
Feds call report on Iran full of holes
BY HELEN KENNEDY
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon angrily attacked journalist Sy Hersh yesterday, calling his article alleging that Iran is next on President Bush's target list "outlandish" and "outrageous."
"Mr. Hersh's article is so riddled with errors of fundamental fact that the credibility of his entire piece is destroyed," said Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita in a statement.
The statement did not address the main allegation in Hersh's New Yorker article: that civilian military leaders have been secretly sending squads of commandos into Iran to scout targets for air strikes since last summer.
Defense spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Venable said, "We don't discuss missions, capabilities or activities of Special Operations forces."
On CNN, Hersh said he has little doubt Iran is in the cross hairs.
"They're going to do it. I'm pretty much convinced of it myself and so are my sources," he said.
President Bush didn't mention the Hersh story, but in talking about Iran with ABC News said, "Our policy toward Iran is to deal with them diplomatically, is to work with the world to convince them not to develop nuclear weapons."
Pakistan denied a specific Hersh allegation: that the Pakistani government is helping U.S. commandos with information on Iranian targets in exchange for Bush administration silence on Pakistan's pardoning of confessed nuclear proliferator A.Q. Khan.
"There is no such collaboration. We do not have much information on Iran's nuclear program," said Masood Khan, a spokesman for the Pakistani foreign office.
"This report is far-fetched and it exaggerates facts which do not exist in the first place."
Hersh has been a major thorn in the Pentagon's side. His sources have leaked him some very sensitive information, including a blockbuster report on the Abu Ghraib prison abuses.