This is part of an article by Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker about a year ago. Now certainly one way to destabilise the leadership is to foment splits such as that between Rafsanjani and Khatemi and Ahmadinejad. Of course all of this is done. Obama can make it look as if the U.S. is not interfering at all by his very cautious statements that at first did not directly criticise the govt. However the Republicans and even some Democrats have encouraged him to be more critical not caring it seems that this will just help the hardliners and confirm what should already be known that the US is working behind the scenes to help get Ahmadinejad out. They want the rich, accommodating, economically liberal and purportedly corrupt Rafsanjani to be more powerful. The US and western media in general need no direction from the CIA or special ops because on their own they have become cheerleaders for the reformers and want to steal the election from Ahmadinejad. The State Dept. did its part by asking Twitter not to go down for maintenance but keep up the good work by helping the reform cause.
Preparing the Battlefield
The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.
By Seymour M. Hersh
29/06/08 "New Yorker" -- -- Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations. They also include gathering intelligence about Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons program.Clandestine operations against Iran are not new. United States Special Operations Forces have been conducting cross-border operations from southern Iraq, with Presidential authorization, since last year. These have included seizing members of Al Quds, the commando arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and taking them to Iraq for interrogation, and the pursuit of “high-value targets” in the President’s war on terror, who may be captured or killed. But the scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which involve the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), have now been significantly expanded, according to the current and former officials. Many of these activities are not specified in the new Finding, and some congressional leaders have had serious questions about their nature.