The American Conservative has published the Gareth Porter article Translated Doc Debunks Narrative of Al Qaeda-Iran ‘Alliance’.
What it shows is that the Al Qaeda operatives were led to believe Iran was friendly to their cause and were quite taken by surprise when their people were arrested in two waves in late 2002. It suggests that Iran had played them, gaining the fighters’ trust while maximizing intelligence regarding Al Qaeda’s presence in Iran.
Although this was published by The American Conservative, the author, Gareth Porter, is often featured in progressive media as well. Actually, having this published by a conservative medium might give it added credibility. You can’t blame it on the liberal apologists who dislike American foreign policy.