We Can’t Drop the Chalabi

Last May, U.S. intelligence officials accused Ahmed Chalabi — the Iraqi darling of the neo-cons — of passing intelligence secrets told to him by Bush administration officials to Iran. It was also revealed that Chalabi “met with a senior Iranian intelligence official described as a ‘nefarious figure’ who has played a direct role in activities against the United States.”

But apparently that wasn’t enough to convince the Bush administration to cut off contacts with Chalabi. Appearing on CNN Late Edition on Sunday, Chalabi said:

I don’t speak to top U.S. officials….Contacts at the low level have started, and I expect them to continue at this rate.

A couple of questions: Which “low level” Bush administration official is talking to Chalabi? What, exactly, do they have to discuss with a suspected informant for the Iranians?