Barack Obama’s administration has been accused of sabotaging an operation to stop Hezbollah smuggling drugs into the US so that a nuclear deal with Iran could proceed.
In a stunning exposé buy Politico, the former US President’s officials are said to have opened the door for trafficking and money laundering operations.
The Drug Enforcement Administration led a complex venture called Project Cassandra to shine a light on the alleged criminality of the Lebanese militant group.
But it is claimed Obama’s people threw down a number of roadblocks, effectively paving the way for illegal activities.
Barack Obama’s (pictured) administration has been accused of sabotaging an operation to stop Hezbollah smuggling drugs into the US so that a nuclear deal with Iran could proceed
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By putting themselves between the DEA and Hezbollah, it helped the militant group grow into a global security threat, the report said.
The undercover investigation’s leaders sought permission for a number of significant prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, but Justice and Treasury Department officials delayed, Politico said.
A Lebanese supporter of the Shiite Hezbollah movement hold up the movement’s flag as he listens to Hezbollah’s leader Hasan Nasrallah delivering a televised speech
In some cases, they were hindered and some requests from the DEA’s Counter facility in Chantilly, Virginia, were flatly rejected.
This hampered Project Cassandra’s efforts to bring the Hezbollah hierarchy to their knees.
They included one of the world’s biggest cocaine traffickers who also supplied Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with chemical weapons.
Talking anonymously, some former Obama officials told Politico the decisions were made to improve relations with Iran.
David Asher, who helped establish Project Cassandra, told Politico: ‘This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision.
‘They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.’
He added that the closer Obama for to finalizing the Iran nuclear deal, the more difficult the DEA’s job became.
The agreement was announced in January 2016, when Project Cassandra officials were moved onto other assignments.