Cyberattack Against Iran, US Contingency Plan Against Escalation Of Nuke Conflict

Cyberattack Against Iran, US Contingency Plan Against Escalation Of Nuke Conflict
A view from the Busher Nuclear Power Plant in Iran IAEA Imagebank / FlickrCC BY-SA 2.0

Should Iran push through with its plan to use its nuclear facility against the U.S. and any of its allies, the Obama administration is ready to counter it with a cyberattack, a new report shows.


This development was disclosed in a controversial documentary released Wednesday, which details how the U.S. military planned to carry out the covert mission in the event that the nuclear situation in Iran would escalate into a full-blown war, as reported by the New York Times.

Part of the covert mission, codenamed “Nitro Zeus,” was to infiltrate Iran’s nuclear facilities with electronic implants, which would have cost the U.S. government millions of dollars. The mission would also involve U.S. military troops, the report added.

Long before the nuclear deal, which has put on hold Iran’s plan to further operate its nuclear facilities, the Obama government has already prepared a cyberattack aimed at disabling Iran’s nuclear facilities, especially the country’s Fordo Nuclear Facility.

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The report notes that it’s customary for the U.S.military to prepare a contingency plan in case a situation would escalate into a more serious level. The documentary “Zero Days,” however, notes that the covert mission in Iran came as one of the top priorities of the Obama government, considering the possibility that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would decide to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities. The New York Times reports that even in the absence of an ensuing war between Iran and the U.S. or its allies, president Obama could authorize the covert mission.

Meanwhile, Alex Gibney, director of the controversial documentary, which was shown Wednesday, considered the U.S.government’s secrecy trend appalling, as reported by the Reuters. In a press briefing held in Berlin during the launch of “Zero Days,” this year’s Berlin International Film Festival’s top Golden Bear prize, Gibney expressed his disappointment on how far the U.S. government has gone with its secrecy trend.

“I am angry about the incredible amount of secrecy in the United States and how it has become a kind of obsession that is damaging our democracy. I think, frankly, that the trend and the momentum towards greater and greater secrecy in the U.S. administration is appalling,” Gibney was quoted as saying by Reuters.