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Daybreak: U.S. Doubts Iran Bomb Program

Plus WikiLeaks makes another splash, and more in the news

Marc Tracy
February 27, 2012
Uggie of the Oscar-winning The Artist at the ceremony last night. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)
Uggie of the Oscar-winning The Artist at the ceremony last night. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

• Despite increased uranium enrichment, U.S. intelligence, consistent with formal findings in 2007 and 2010, believes Iran has not yet decided to pursue a nuclear bomb and indeed may have halted its weapon program in 2003. [NYT]

• Emails newly disclosed by WikiLeaks reveal reports that Israeli and Kurdish commandos destroyed much of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure—followed by severe doubts that this happened. The emails came from Stratfor, the private defense agency which David P. Goldman wrote about. [Haaretz]

• In Iran, which holds parliamentary elections at the end of the week, there is less anger than despondency—many voters are likely to stay home. [WP]

• U.S. and British researchers and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum are petitioning the United Nations to make public 10,000 documents related to war-crimes charges stemming from World War Two. Much more here. [AP/Vos Iz Neias?]

A Separation won Best Foreign Language Film. Any joy you might have, if you enjoyed the movie for example, will be eliminated when you find an Iranian news agency reporting that one of the films it defeated was produced by “the Zionist regime.” [IRIB]

• Of course, then this, from the red carpet, will cheer you up, as will the photo, above, of one star from the Best Picture-winning (and Jewish-written and -directed) The Artist.

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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