U.N. Cover-Up on Iran? – by Joseph Klein


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Israel’s United Nations ambassador, Gabriela Shalev, accurately described the Islamic Republic of Iran, in her remarks at Yeshiva University last week, as a “convergence of terrible elements,” including aggressive nuclear ambitions, sponsorship of terrorism, and Holocaust denial. Add to this triple threat Iran’s possible involvement in the death of British nuclear expert Timothy Hampton, who was employed by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO.) Hampton, whose specialty was the monitoring of secret nuclear testing, fell mysteriously to his death from the 17th floor of a high security UN building for the CTBTO in Vienna on October 20, 2009.

While local police and UN officials are sticking to the initial police finding that  Hampton killed himself, a second autopsy requested by Hampton’s family is reported to show otherwise. Tests utilized by Prof Kathrin Yen, of the Ludwig Institute in Graz, Austria reportedly showed internal bruising caused by strangulation.

Moreover, according to a November 14, 2009 report by WorldNewsDaily, agents for Britain’s MI6 intelligence service are investigating if an Iranian hit squad murdered Hampton, possibly drugging him and then carrying him from his sixth floor office to the 17th floor where he was flung to his death.

What makes this case particularly troublesome is that another UN scientist was said to have committed suicide in Vienna just eleven months prior to Hampton’s death.

But the United Nations still has nothing to say, other than to hold onto the suicide theory. Indeed, from the very inception of this latest tragic incident, the United Nations has done everything it can to distance itself from Hampton and to deny that his work had anything to do with Iran. The fact that Hampton died under mysterious circumstances one day before high-level nuclear disarmament talks with Iran were about to resume in Vienna is nothing more than a coincidence, according to the official UN line.

For its part, the Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization insists that it is a separate organization from that of the International Atomic Energy Agency (“IAEA,”) which organized the Vienna talks with Iran, and that it has never had any role in the Iran discussions.  The Commission even put out a press release saying that “media reports linking the dead CTBTO staff member with the Iran talks are baseless and untrue.”

I asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s deputy spokesman at the November 16th press briefing at UN headquarters whether anyone from the United Nations was independently investigating the circumstances of Hampton’s death.  His answer was no. The UN was relying on the Vienna police, he said.  He also disclaimed any awareness of the British intelligence investigation of Iran’s possible role in Hampton’s death.  Most disturbingly, the spokesman conveyed the UN’s indifference to what really happened and downplayed the significance of what Hampton was doing by calling him a “data entry specialist.”

You know there is a cover-up underway whenever misleading statements are piled one upon another. It is misleading to say that the CTBTO’s work has nothing to do with Iran.  The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization monitors tremors in nations to uncover illegal nuclear tests.  Iran was being monitored.  At least two of the monitoring stations were set up in the geographical area of Iran, sending data back to Vienna.

The CTBTO Preparatory Commission has a Relationship Agreement with the United Nations, which allows it to participate in United Nations meetings in the same capacity as the International Atomic Energy Agency.  The CTBTO and the IAEA share the same building complex.  It stretches credibility for UN and CTBTO officials to claim that CTBTO personnel were in no way involved in the discussions relating to Iran’s nuclear program, which were being held under IAEA auspices in CTBTO’s headquarters city.

It is also misleading to say that Hampton was nothing more than a data entry specialist and leave out the critical part – what data he was dealing with.  In fact, Hampton was a nuclear scientist who was responsible for monitoring technical data from hundreds of monitoring stations around the world for the purpose of detecting any illegal nuclear activity.

At the very least, there needs to be an immediate independent investigation concerning whether Hampton had discovered nuclear testing of some sort going on in Iran and was about to report his findings.  And was there a working relationship between Hampton and the UN scientist who had died under mysterious circumstances in Vienna eleven months earlier?  Hopefully, Britain’s MI6 intelligence service will look into these questions as part of its own investigation.

If Hampton had collected ‘smoking gun data’ on Iranian nuclear testing that would blow Iran’s protestations of peaceful intentions to smithereens, the Iranian Republican Guard or foreign intelligence service would have had every reason to kill him in order to silence him and make his death look like a suicide. And the United Nations bureaucracy, anxious to appease Iran so that it can keep the country at the negotiating table and stay in charge of the process, is reluctant to look too hard into what really happened to Hampton and why.

If it looks and smells like a cover-up, then it most likely is.

  • jackhampton

    As most Americans I believe the UN is the enemy of freedom and the enabler of evil the world over the sooner we get the people in office with the guts to kick this blood sucking deck out of the US the better. By the way there is only one thing that is going to stop Iran from nuking Israel and that is for Israel to act first. Turn the holy city of Goon to glass along with the new test site.

  • jademko2

    That issue is really long time already..

    BallGames

  • John Van Kirk

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  • paddydonovan

    What are the chances that, if discovered by MI-6 ( or other covert agencies ) to be a murder, it will go unreported in the news and simply handled by retaliation in private? I don't want to be naive but doesn't this happen quite frequently ( in regards to the retaliation of an ” agency ” murder )?

  • paddydonovan

    On another note; Why do we continue to fund, and let operate, this sham of an organization. The U.N. clearly has an anti-american, anti-Israeli agenda. They are a corrupt, inept, joke.

  • muslimpoxbyebye

    PLEASE EXCUSE THE CAPS LOCK….THANK YOU …
    WHEN I WRITE THIS I'M SPEAKING FOR THE REST OF THE PLANET THAT IS NOT MUSLIM AND NEVER WILL BE . WE READ WITH REAL SADNESS IN OUR HEARTS EVERYDAY ABOUT MUSLIMS KILLING MUSLIMS IN SMALL NUMBERS. WE ARE WAITING FOR THE DAY WHEN THEY START HITTING THE MILLION FIGURE ON A REGULAR DAILY BASIS. WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP THEM REACH THOSE DAILY MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS KILLED BY MUSLIMS TARGETS? SHALL WE GIVE THEM MORE AMMO OR MORE MONEY ?…SHALL WE PRINT MORE KORANS AND KHOMEINI'S GREEN BOOK IN ARABIC AND IN ENGLISH AND WHATEVER LANGUAGE THEY PREFER JUST SO THAT MUSLIMS CAN KILL EACH OTHER MORE AND MORE …WHEN WILL THESE SWEET DAYDREAMS OF THE REST OF THE PLANET THAT WANTS TO LIVE IN PEACE ON A MUSLIM FREE PLANET COME TO BE REAL? WHEN WILL WE READ THE GOOD NEWS THAT MUSLIMS HAVE WIPED THEMSELVES OUT IN THEIR SWEET BLOODLUST AND ALL THE ARABS ARE GONE TOO … OH ….WHEN WILL IRAN BOMB SAUDI ARABIA AND THE REST OF THE MIDDLE EAST SO THAT IT CAN BASK IN THE AFTERGLOW OF THE 12TH MORON THAT THEY'RE ALL WAITING FOR ?
    OH TO HEAR THE ELUSIVE GOOD NEWS ON A DAILY BASIS .
    THE MOVIE “PLANET OF THE APES” IS BASED ON IRAN AND IN GENERAL THE MUSLIM WORLD. I SUGGEST ALL MUSLIMS WATCH IT A FEW TIMES AND RECOGNISE EACH OTHER IN IT . ALL THE MUSLIMS THAT EVER LIVED AND WILL LIVE HAVE BEEN PORTRAYED IN IT . LOOK PROPERLY MUSTAPHA …. DON'T SMILE …IT'S NOT FUNNY ABDULLAH…. AND SO IS THE MOVIE “OUTBREAK” ABOUT DEALING WITH MUSLIM-POX…LIKE SMALL-POX….ONLY WORSE

  • andyFree

    This must be one of the first accusations at Iran that isn't ridiculous. Ahmadinejad never threatened to wipe Israel off the map and Iran has not attacked anyone for 270 years. But Iran does need defense from allies of the US such as Saddam (1 million dead) and Saudi and from the wars on their borders (Iraq now thought to be 1.2 million dead). An even bigger war about to erupt on another border, Pakistan. If they're trying to get nuclear weapons it's because they're in very great danger – if we want to stop them, there's a very easy solution – we guarantee their borders and safety.

  • mdillian

    Question: Why do we continue to fund, and let operate, this sham of an organization. Answer: The same reason Americans elected an anti-American President with well-documented allegiances to America's sworn enemies (god damn America), and re-elect Congressmen whose sole purpose in life is self-interest, power and accumulating personal wealth at taxpayer expense. Socialism is but the tool of the most evil among us. Those who elected Obama share the UN's anti-American and anti-Israeli agenda. Unless stopped, the Bill of Rights will soon be but a footnote in history. That much is a fact of life. It would be hard to decide which of the two, the United Nations or the Obama Administration, has the more intense hatred of all things which are characteristicly American or Jewish, i.e., excellence, initiative, integrity, self-reliance, faith and personal accountability, characteristics found most commonly in the U.S. fly-over territories, including many of our southern states, and in Israel.

  • Nemesister

    The United Nations is a criminal organization. It exists only to subdue the US and undermine our Constitution. It should be removed from the US mainland and headquartered in Africa, Switzerland, or Outer Mongolia. Anywhere. We should not contribute one red cent to it. Enough.

  • Dragotis

    What are you, effin' nuts?

  • americaneagle

    No Dragotis, andyFree is not nuts. He is criminally insane. He is part of the cancer eating the US and everything decent in this world. I repeat—this is not ignorant nuttiness. It is part of a large, century-old deliberate insanity—with intent to destroy truth and decency. (Iran worrying about pakistan's nukes? Ha. Iran FINANCED pakistan's nukes and Pakistan HELPED set up parts of Iran's nuclear program in the first place. And, when need arises, pakistan will stand by iran in nuking Israel. So, andyFree, please sell your B.S. on dailyKos or some such. And only borders that we need to secure are our own—against your kind (anti-american communist), against UN, and against the muslims.

  • Billy Bob

    isreal the new nazis of the world are worse then Iran. I hate muslims but I hate the jewish pigs even more. Both groups need to be removed from the planet!

  • davekimble

    You have missed an important point. The CTBTO has to demonstrate its ability to detect nuclear explosions for the CTBT to be taken seriously. There are not many explosions to practice on, so the North Korean test in May 2009 was a great opportunity to showcase the technology. The result was a catastrophe – the seismic data showed a clear-cut nuclear explosion, but the radio-Xenon data says it wasn't nuclear at all. Its a total farce, and Tim Hampton was right in the middle of it. Ten years of his career goes up in smoke and he's not going to feel suicidal ? More at
    http://www.peakoil.org.au/news/index.php?hampto

  • intelligencetest

    If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also.

  • andyFree

    I think you're reading too much into the failure to detect the explosion by the Xenon method. That would probably be a big (but not fatal) set-back to the careers of people building and monitoring this equipment. But equipment or method failure doesn't seem to be an issue, no Xenon was detected because, in Hampton's words “it is concluded that the containment of any generated xenon (under the hypothesis that this was a nuclear test) was above 99.9 percent.” (Incidentally, this article cited is not at the link given, or indeed anywhere else on the web).

    And, at least according to Hampton's bio quoted in your Peak-Oil article, he was not a nuclear/Xenon specialist, he was “part of the team maintaining and operating the IDC [International Data Centre] application software to generate and distribute products and services.” A programming failure would be unlikely to have stopped all those detectors reporting Xenon if there was any!

    Lastly, if it was Hampton who made this immense boo-boo, I think we'd know by now. All the other people potentially in the loop would be pointing fingers at the dead man, claiming that their method was good, only one man's negligence caused a failure (hence, Xenon method good and expect perfect perfect results next time). And most likely his colleagues would be squawking if he was murdered – they'd hardly be happy to continue their work if one of their number had been rubbed out for it. OK, so government agents probably were involved in the death of David Kelly – but I can't see it in this case.

  • davekimble

    I have fixed the link, should read http://www.ctbto.org/fileadmin/user_upload/pdf/… [6.3 MB]

    If “under the hypothesis that this was a nuclear test” the outcome was irreconcilable, wouldn't someone suggest that this was NOT a nuclear test ? The conference in June jumped on that stupid idea, and anyone who gave it credence was laughed at – why ? 4,000 tonnes of TNT is a lot of explosives, but they operate coal mines in the area shifting millions of tonnes of coal, and are familiar with handling explosives. It would be the perfect cover for an announced nuclear test – there is nothing worse than a fizzle if you are grandstanding on the world stage.

    So I don't see Hampton or the radio-Xenon people as having done anything wrong necessarily, it may well have been a non-nuclear explosion. Maybe Hampton was insisting on a non-nuclear explanation, which would put a lot of egg on a lot of professors' faces, and that's why he was taken for a walk up the stairs.

  • andyFree

    By my reading, it must have been nuclear. But there would be nothing career-brakeingly serious if one of the experts suggested it wasn't.

    But Hampton appears to have been a programmer – so he'd have been unaffected anyway.

    I think the family would be up in arms if he'd been murdered and would have set up a web-site. Most likely, a lot of people were already worried about his mental balance and nobody on the spot is greatly surprised.

  • davekimble

    http://www.ctbto.org/fileadmin/user_upload/pdf/… discusses how easy it might be to cheat. The Xenon can be trapped under certain circumstances, but the only time this has been done successfully was in 1996 when the US detonated a tiny 0.38 kiloton device. To me DPRK-2009 cannot have been nuclear.

    I agree Hampton was a programmer. His job was to synthesise the various data streams into an incontrovertible report that identified CTBT events, like DPRK-2009. In the end, the report wasn't incontrovertible, so he failed. It probably wasn't his fault, but he failed. He would very likely want to have a say in the discussions about what went wrong. Some people would very likely not want to have their failures dragged out into the open.

    His wife is an IAEA inspector and would no doubt be subject to lots of security conditions if she wanted to speak out.