U.S. officials say Ahmad Chalabi, the man some American officials had considered a potential leader of post-war Iraq, may have passed secret information to the Iranian government. The revelation comes during a week in which the Iraqi Governing Council member's home and office were searched and his monthly $340,000 Pentagon stipend abruptly cut off.
The officials say there is evidence that Mr. Chalabi, a secular Shi'ite Muslim who heads the Iraqi National Congress party, and some of his aides, supplied Tehran with highly sensitive information on U.S. security operations in Iraq.
A report by U.S. television network CBS quotes senior American officials as saying the information was so sensitive it could "get Americans killed." CBS says a high-level investigation is under way into who in the U.S. government gave Mr. Chalabi such classified information in the first place.
On Thursday, Iraqi police, joined by U.S. troops, searched Mr. Chalabi's Baghdad residence and his party's office and seized boxes of documents and other items.
In a hastily called news conference, an indignant Mr. Chalabi said the raid was politically motivated because of his investigation into corruption in the United Nation's oil-for-food program and his outspokenness on Iraqi sovereignty.
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