A while back, ABC reporter Alexis Debat reported that the U.S. and Pakistan were supporting minority dissident groups in Iran, including a Baluchi separatist group called Jundullah. Pakistan’s government went ballistic. Pakistan’s denials notwithstanding, lots of people found Debat’s reporting on this credible.
I was one of those people, since even before the Debat story, and in the complete absence of evidence, I was predisposed to think that the Bush administration would be doing this. That’s just they way they roll, know what I’m saying?
And then Debat turned out to be a serial fabricator. The story about the U.S.-Jundullah connection took a bit hit, and, as far as I could tell, ended up discredited, along with everything else Debat had written.
Now I see that similar allegations (minus the Pakistan angle – indeed, quite the contrary) have popped up in Seymour Hersh’s latest (via). Interesting stuff. I wonder what’s going on here. Perhaps Hersh’s allegations will have the effect of reviving the story that Debat’s fraud buried.