Hmmm, how to decide. Should you trust a reporter with intergrity and a track record of accurate reporting or a US Government agent with a history of being a liar? For NPR and Michele Kelemen it's a no-brainer, she says
"The US ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, has been spending a lot of time lately denying reports in the media that the US is, for instance seeking long term military bases in Iraq....Ambassador Crocker accused Iran of deliberately misleading Iraqis about this to try to make the talks more complicated. He said little about what the US is actually seeking."I'll give NPR credit; this nonsense about Iran making up the leaked details of the SOFA was a new one for me.
Though Seabrook introduces the report by claiming that "the talks are not going especially well" for the SOFA, I beg to disagree; fortunately, they seem destined to fail. Unless, like NPR, you support the "baldly neocolonial terms sought by Washington" (Juan Cole), then you can only be pleased that this antidemocratic, secretive attempt to continue the occupation forever has been leaked and is probably going to be thwarted.