Defecting Iranian Cameraman Gives CIA Priceless Film Of Iran’s Secret Nuclear Sites

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s personal cameraman, Hassan Golkhanban, who defected from his UN entourage in New York on Oct. 1, brought with him an intelligence treasure trove of up-to-date photographs and...
Iranian cameraman Hassan Golbankhan and Revolutionary Guards chiefs
Iranian cameraman Hassan Golbankhan and Revolutionary Guards chiefs

DEBKAfile reveals one of the CIA’s most dramatic scoops in many years, and epic disaster for Iran. Our most exclusive Iranian and intelligence sources disclose that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s personal cameraman, Hassan Golkhanban, who defected from his UN entourage in New York on Oct. 1, brought with him an intelligence treasure trove of up-to-date photographs and videos of top Iranian leaders visiting their most sensitive and secret nuclear and missile sites.

Iranian cameraman Hassan Golbankhan and Revolutionary Guards chiefs

Iranian cameraman Hassan Golbankhan and Revolutionary Guards chiefs

The cameraman, who is in his 40s, is staying at an undisclosed address, presumably a CIA safe house under close guard. He stayed behind when Ahmadinejad, after his UN speech, departed New York with his 140-strong entourage. For some years, Golkhanban worked not just as a news cameraman but personally recorded visits by the Iranian president and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of top-secret nuclear facilities and Revolutionary Guards installations.

When he left Tehran in the president’s party, his luggage was not searched and so he was able to bring out two suitcases packed with precious film and deliver it safely into waiting hands in New York.

The Iranian cameraman has given US intelligence the most complete and updated footage it has ever obtained of the interiors of Iran’s top secret military facilities and various nuclear installations, including some never revealed to nuclear watchdog inspectors. Among them are exclusive interior shots of the Natanz nuclear complex, the Fordo underground enrichment plant, the Parchin military complex and the small Amir-Abad research reactor in Tehran.

Some of the film depicts Revolutionary Guards and military industry chiefs explaining in detail to the president or supreme leader the working of secret equipment on view. Golkhanban recorded their voices.

Our sources also disclose that, in late September, he took the precaution of sending his wife and two children out of Iran on the pretext of a family visit to Turkey. They are most likely on their way to the United States by now.

From his years as a member of the loyal Bassij militia, the cameraman earned the complete trust of Iran’s security services and was able to reach his professional pinnacle as personal photographer for the two most eminent figures in the country, Khamenei and Ahmadinejad, with the task of recording their most confidential pursuits.

This was his second visit to New York. The first time, a year ago, US intelligence was able to make contact and persuade him to defect with his stock of priceless photos and film. Although Golkhanban’s defection to the United States and request for asylum was disclosed to the media some days ago, Tehran has not made any comment. source – DEBKA

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  • Something tells me he was contacted long ago and paid well and when the right time came, he brought all he could. Great job CIA, but most likely the Mossad had a hand in what was going on here. Now protect this guy because there are some in our government who will rat this guy out to muslims……….Great intel. This will make the loud mouth Iranians take a step back and possibly slow them down….

  • Don’t tell the colon in chief

    • But do tell Benjamin Netanyahu!

  • Great article. As far as inteligence the CIA got everything they wanted, but the public still gets zero. We still don’t know what they know. They know. But we don’t. I’m happy for the U.S. Government that they got what they want. Sad that it’s probably nothing that makes them happy. Sad that it will further ruin relations with Iran and get all of this man’s relatives, neighbors, clergy, friends, and fellow employees murdered. And sad that it won’t change America’s failing relationship with Israel and either’s faith in Israel’s past God. The outcome has not changed. Israel is going to nuke the Arab world into near oblivion, while they themselves taking a heavy toll. And Russia and China are going to eventually do the same to America and take over the world. So you see, over-all, in the grand scheme, nothing has really changed from what the Bible said would happen Thousands of years ago.

  • Wow I bet the president didn’t know anything about this .

    • Interesting statement, I share your mistrust.

  • After reading that Obama is trying to make a deal with Irans murdering leader to not do anything until Obama get back in office.will Obama let them use this film.. Obama is not to swift any more which makes him more dangerous… Sarah warned us to be careful of this man we know nothng about. hes not quite all there.. and Sarah is usually right..

  • muslin brother hood,ha.get this guy life time supply of big mac’s for this intel,there is the proof it works.keep your friends close,keep your enemys closer.lets watch him for awhile and see if he contacts friends or family back home.where is salmon rusdi?

  • Obama will return the tapes back to Iran as a sign of goodwill. Wait and see.

    • Or bow and scrape and apologize!

  • The U.S. Would be fools to trust this so called defector.The Iranians are terrorists,and very smart.Remember what osama said,we will strike from the belly of the beast.Speaking of the U.S.This man has the knowledge to build nuclear bombs probably.,and could be a plant.Just saying!,dont under estimate the radicals here or there.

    • Surely the CIA knows this. They’ll keep tabs on this man and his family for years to come. He’s a goldmine.

      • Another thing, this man and his family are going to have to stay out of mosques. That’s the first place they’ll look for him.

  • So he wont be going back home for Christmas for quite a while. Yuk i wouldnt like to have to trust the CIA for secrecey and protection.

  • dougdevine

    this defecter is prolly full of disinformation to thow the us off of whats really going on in iran

  • Mr. Elliott,
    Letters via USPS sounds so novel in the internet age whether or not it is just one letter produced for many, but it really doesn’t sound like a pen-pal relationship. Can just one write back again to the author from the letter?

  • Wonderful post! We will be linking to this great post on our site.
    Keep up the great writing.


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