Con Coughlin is a journalist with close links to the security services.
"It was Coughlin who, with the help of unnamed intelligence sources, discovered that Saddam Hussein could launch weapons of mass destruction in 45 minutes.
"And it was Coughlin who revealed the link between the 9/11 hijacker, Mohammed Atta, and Iraqi intelligence.
"Both claims have, of course, been exposed as utter nonsense." - (UK Indymedia - Pentagon Propaganda Occupies the Guardian's Front Page:)
Now Con Coughlin is trying to spread stories about Iran.
The Telegraph newspaper has a story entitled 'Iran has resumed A-bomb project, says West' - By Con Coughlin, 07/07/2008
David Leigh wrote about 'Britain’s security services and journalists: the secret story' in the British Journalism ReviewVol. 11, No. 2, 2000, pages 21-26. (http://www.bjr.org.uk/data/2000/no2_leigh.htm)
According to Leigh:
"British journalists – and British journals – are being manipulated by the secret intelligence agencies."
Leigh gave us an example from 1995 when the Sunday Telegraph published a story about the son of Col Gadafy of Libya and his alleged connection to a currency counterfeiting plan.
According to Leigh: "The story was written by Con Coughlin, the paper’s then chief foreign correspondent, and it was falsely attributed to a 'British banking official'.
In fact, it had been given to him by officers of MI6, who, it transpired, had been supplying Coughlin with material for years."