'Congress approved funding of escalated covert operations in Iran'

Congress agreed in late 2007 to US President George W. Bush's a request to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran in order to destabilize the Islamic Republic's religious leadership, The New Yorker reported Sunday. The report was based on a highly classified Presidential Finding signed by Bush. "The Finding was focused on undermining Iran's nuclear ambitions and trying to undermine the government through regime change," an unnamed official who was familiar with its contents told the magazine. He said it involved "working with opposition groups and passing money."