Powell in Leaked Email: ‘The Boys in Tehran Know Israel Has 200 Nukes Pointed at Them’


By R. Blum

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell told a colleague last year that Israel has a slew of nuclear weapons pointed at Iran, according to emails released by hacking group DCLeaks and reported on by US foreign policy blog LobeLog on Wednesday.

In a March 2015 exchange between America’s former top diplomat and his current business partner, Jeffrey Leeds — about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to Congress to warn against the Iran nuclear deal that was being negotiated — Powell wrote:

Negotiators can’t get what he wants. Anyway, Iranians can’t use one [a nuclear weapon] if they finally make one. The boys in Tehran know Israel has 200, all targeted on Tehran, and we have thousands. As Akmdinijad (sic) [said], “What would we do with one, polish it?” I have spoken publicly about both nK and Iran. We’ll blow up the only thing they care about—regime survival. Where, how would they even test one?

This assertion about the existence of Israeli nukes, as LobeLog‘s Eli Clifton pointed out, is significant, because Jerusalem continues to maintain a policy of “nuclear ambiguity.”

Powell, who publicly endorsed the Iran deal a few months later, during an interview onNBC‘s “Meet the Press,” wrote a subsequent email to Leeds saying,

They [the Iranians] say, correctly, that they have every right to enrich [uranium] for energy. Russians helped build a power reactor at Busher. Can’t get enough sanctions to break them Lots of bs around about their progress. Bibi likes to say “a year away,” as do our intel guys.They say it every year. [It] ain’t that easy to do.

In another email exchange, this one in August 2015 with President Ronald Reagan’s former chief of staff Ken Duberstein, who – as Clifton explained, “suggested that Powell might refrain from endorsing the deal in a television interview where he would face questions about Hillary Clinton’s emails.” But Powell was undeterred, and harshly criticized Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass and Ret. General David Petraeus for remaining on the fence about the nuclear agreement:

The Iran deal is a good one for the country and our alliances. Retired generals and admirals popping off. I have studied it pretty thoroughly…I have done emails before on tv. Have to deal with ISIS. Richard] Haass, Petraeus et all claiming to be undecided. BS, they are just protecting their future options. I don’t have or want any. [James] Baker, [George] Shultz know what’s right, as does Henry [Kissinger]. Brent [Scowcroft] showed some guts.

Duberstein later forwarded Powell a fundraising email sent out by former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, which called the nuclear deal “the single largest global security crisis.”

“Haha! What is he smoking?” Duberstein wrote.

According to a report in the Washington Post, the shady site that posted Powell’s two years’ worth of emails — in which he mocked and hurled epithets at Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Dick Cheney and others — is being linked to the Russian government. The FBI, the report said, is investigating the veracity of this suspicion.

Powell is a retired four-star general in the US Army, who served as as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-1993) during the Gulf War. He served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005.

(c) 2016 The Algemeiner Journal



  1. I hope Powell gets a direct benefit from supporting terroristic Iran in the form of a terrorist striking his family as they say ” a conservative is a liberal who got mugged” like the blm cop hating activist who became a police supporter after being held up by a “brother”

    • Hoping for a terrorist strike against a former SecState?
      Whose assassination is next on your wish list? (That’s a rhetorical questions – please DON’T answer it.)

  2. Best least kept secret on the planet: Israel has 200 nukes. Everybody knows where they are, and everybody knows where they’re pointed. Which is why the Iranians would if they couls, but they can’t so they rant.

    Powell does NOT support Iran. He is pragmatic and realistic…and he speaks a fluent Yiddish.

    • Correction:

      “…and he speaks a fluent Yiddish.”

      I met Colin Powell many times. When he saw my yarmika, which I always wear, he spoke to me in broken Yiddish otherwise known as Yinglish but he is not fluent in the language.

  3. There is one basic concept that Colin Powell doesn’t get. Iran does not care that they will self destruct if they attack Israel or the U.S. with nuclear weapons. These are people who gladly sacrifice 100 of their own for the chance to harm one person of Western society.

    In 1944, after the Allies landed at Normandy, Hitler knew there was no hope for him to prevail in the war. He could have at that point sued for peace and probably could have kept Germany with some of his conquered lands, with himself still as Fuhrer. Nonetheless, he chose to destroy himself and his country as long as he could inflict damage on his enemies, especially the Jews.

    The leaders in Iran are likewise going all in, in their desire to dominate the entire Middle East. Mutually assured destruction will not serve as a deterrent to keep them from utilizing their nuclear capabilities , should they develop them.

    Furthermore, what would stop Iran from selling nukes to ISIS who can attack Israel from its haven in Syria or elsewhere. What would Israel do in case of a launching of a nuclear missile from Syria? Retaliate against Iran? Ridiculous.