In today's edition of The Nelson Report
, Chris <$NoAd$> Nelson says that, according to his sources, the Pakistani-Saudi nuclear pact story
reported today in the Washington Times
is simply bogus.
As Nelson says in his lede ...
This is one of those "famous last words" risksâ¦.butâ¦reliable sources in Washington (including Capitol Hill, professional Middle East watchers, and fellow journalists) all say that the "Pakistan/Saudi nuclear weapons" story being passed around by UPI, The Washington Times, and by the head of Israeli intelligence in testimony to the Knesset, is false. Sexy as hell, but false.
-- several sources note the "coincidence" that the stories come barely one day after the EU, Iran and Russia reached separate but interlocking agreements which offer real hope of defusing the Iran nuclear weapons crisis before it gets out of hand.
Nelson, himself, clearly leaves room for uncertainty. But until I hear more, given who's publishing the story and who's knocking it down, my assumption is that this is mainly or even entirely disinformation.
Of course, none of that changes the fact that Pakistan is the most serious nuclear proliferation threat in the world today.