U.S. Director of National Intelligence: Iran Stepping Up Spying, Support for Terror

(Bloomberg-San Francisco Chronicle) Tony Capaccio and John Walcott - Iran is stepping up its support for international terrorism and its intelligence operations against the U.S., the Director of National Intelligence told Congress. "The 2011 plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States shows that some Iranian officials - probably including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei - have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived actions that threaten the regime," James Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday. "According to most timelines I've heard, 2012 will be a critical year" in averting Iran's development of a nuclear weapon, said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who heads the Intelligence Committee.

2012-02-01 00:00:00

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