Philip Giraldi

Philip Giraldi

Philip Giraldi is a former officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency who became famous for claiming in 2005 that the USA was preparing plans to attack Iran with nuclear weapons in response to a terrorist action against the US, independently of whether or not Iran was involved in the action. He is presently a partner in an international security consultancy, Cannistraro Associates. [ Money for Nothing] , October 24, 2005, "The American Conservative"] [ Profile: Philip Giraldi] ,, downloaded May 14, 2006]

Giraldi's claim in the "American Conservative" magazine

In August 2005, Philip Giraldi claimed that US Vice President Dick Cheney had instructed STRATCOM to prepare :"a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States... [including] a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons... not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States." The reason cited for the attack to use mini-nukes is that the targets are "hardened or are deep underground" and would not be destroyed by non-nuclear warheads. [ Deep Background] , August 1, 2005, Philip Giraldi, "The American Conservative"]

On forged documents

He has written about forged documents and the Iraq War intelligence twice.

First, he said that the Italian Niger/yellowcake document were forgeries created by former CIA officers and Michael Leeden. See Niger uranium forgeries. He said it was 'unsubstantiated', ie, he has no proof.

Second, he said that the Habbush letter was created by the Office of Special Plans on the order of Dick Cheney. He has not provided proof of this, he just and unnamed source. See Habbush letter

2008 Primaries

During the 2008 presidential primaries, Giraldi served as Ron Paul's foreign policy adviser.


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