New Yorker reveals covert
The New Yorker magazine says
In a report published in the online version of The New Yorker magazine, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has revealed that US Congressional leaders quietly agreed late last year to President Bush's funding request for a major escalation of covert operations against the Islamic Republic.
article centers on a highly classified Presidential Finding which, by
"The Finding was
focused on undermining
The finding also focused on working with the country's opposition groups and funneling money.
The article cites current
and former military, intelligence and congressional sources as saying that $400
million was approved by congressional leaders for clandestine operations
These have included seizing
The operations also involved the pursuit, capture or killing of 'high-value targets' in the so-called war on terrorism, according to the article.
However, the article cited
current and former officials as saying that the scale and scope of the covert
Many of these activities were not specified in the Presidential Finding and some congressional leaders have had serious questions about their nature, the article said.
According to former CIA
officer, Robert Baer, the Jundullah terrorist group
is among the outfits inside
Jundullah, which operates in
Neither the Democratic leaders in Congress nor the White house and the CIA would comment on the finding, the article said.