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Panetta dismisses Iran's claims about drone

By Lolita C. Baldor
Associated Press / April 23, 2012
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ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT—Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday dismissed Tehran's claims that it has recovered data from a U.S. spy drone that went down in Iran late last year.

Panetta declined to provide any details, but said that "based on my experience ... I would seriously question their ability to do what they say they have done."

Iranian officials claimed Sunday that they were building a copy of the drone. They said they had recovered information that the aircraft was used to spy on Osama bin Laden in the weeks before he was killed.

Panetta, a former CIA chief, was traveling to Colombia and spoke with reporters on the plane.

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