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“The more that you publicize the different hostile acts that have become part of the U.S.-Iran ‘Cold War,’ if you will, the more it empowers hard-liners in Washington and Tel Aviv and Tehran who actually prefer conflict,” he said. “But if you keep it internal, then it allows you to calibrate your response. It’s important to note the Iranians did not make it public either, until it came out in the United States.”

“Both sides have an interest in not letting this type of information come to the fore,” Mr. Marashi said. “Both sides want to save face and not look weak on national security to political rivals.”