“To the best of my knowledge, there has been no interference with the election. There has been no manipulation of people following the election,” Feinstein, the Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.
“These questions have been asked as late as this past week of people in the clandestine operations who would know this – in a formal setting – and that’s the answers we were given,” the California Democrat added.
Asked about past American intelligence failures in Iraq, Feinstein expressed some misgivings about U.S. intelligence on Iran.
“I don’t think our intelligence – candidly - is that good. I think it’s a very difficult country in which to collect intelligence right now. I think our ability to get in there and change the course of human events is very low . . .”
After saying she thought President Obama was handling the situation appropriately, Feinstein also said it was important that the U.S. not be perceived as interfering in Iran’s political situation.
“It is very crucial, as I see, that we not have our fingerprints on this. That this really be truly inspired by the Iranian people,” Feinstein said. “This is really within the hands of Mr. Moussavi, with his supporters, with the bulk of the Iranian people. And I think the important thing is that this may well reveal the enormous fallacy behind this Iranian religious-inspired regime,” she added.
The California Democrat was echoing the sentiments of fellow Democrat Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.
“This thing is unfolding,” Casey said Sunday. “It’s never going to be the same in Iran. Something is stirring in the hearts of Iranians that we’ve never seen before. . . . This is a movement the likes of which we’ve never seen.”