When the CIA denied the US State Department access to "the names of Iranians who could be sanctioned for their involvement in a clandestine nuclear weapons program", State turned to Google, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency.
When the CIA refused to share the information with the State Department, a junior Foreign Services agent was assigned the task of using Google to make a list of possible names.
The Washington Post also reported on the story that none of the 12 people that made it to Google generated list where considered by the CIA to be involved with Iran's development of nuclear capabilities. The list was intended for use to ban international travel and business dealings.
The Post tells of one unnamed intelligence official stating, "there is nothing that proves involvement in a clandestine weapons program, and there is very little out there at all that even connects people to a clandestine weapons program."
The State Department used Google to develop a 100 name list which the CIA refused to check against the huge records they have, but when the list was halved they looked it over and approved a handful to not be permitted travel into the United States nor any business dealings with US companies.
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