Last week, Britain, France and the US decided to announce to the world that they knew Iran was hiding a secret nuclear facility in Iran's holy city of Qom.
The information was developed during the Bush Administration.
It was three years ago that American intelligence agents began picking up signs that someone was tunnelling into the side of a mountain in the desert outside the holy city of Qom.
But according to The Politico, President Obama had no plans to make the announce when he did
But behind the scenes, the Obama administration was furiously preparing for a major public intelligence disclosure that it had not planned to make: that the U.S. had known for years about a previously undisclosed clandestine nuclear enrichment facility Iran has been building since 2005 in a mountain near Qom.
Interviews with administration and international officials, diplomats, non-proliferation and Iran experts suggest the administration had no plans to announce its suspicions before beginning international talks with Iran next week. But its hand was forced after learning some time during the week of a letter Iran had sent the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency in Vienna acknowledging construction of a previously undisclosed facility.
And it appears that Iran wrote this letter because it found out that the US knew about the facility at Qom.