The Obama administration allowed the Lebanese terror organization Hezbollah to traffic drugs and launder money, in some cases within the US, during its bid to secure the July 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Politico reported on Monday.
The report revealed that the Obama team deliberately derailed a law enforcement investigation, dubbed Project Cassandra, launched in 2008 by the US Drug Enforcement Administration to target Iranian-backed Hezbollah’s criminal network.
Some 30 US and foreign security agencies were involved in the undercover operation to map Hezbollah’s drug smuggling operations. The investigation tracked Hezbollah-controlled shipments of cocaine from Latin America to West Africa, and through Europe, the Middle East, and the US.
As the operation managed to infiltrate the highest levels of the terror group’s hierarchy, the Obama administration created obstacles to hinder the investigation.
“This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision,” David Asher, a veteran illicit finance expert who helped establish and run Project Cassandra, told Politico. “They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.”
The Obama administration’s move was an effort to “defang, defund and undermine the investigations that were involving Iran and Hezbollah,” Asher claimed.