Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ahmadinejad found his first "traitor". Former nuclear negotiator charged with Spying

Last week Ahmadinejad called the critics of his government less intelligent "than a little goat". By Monday he had denounced all Iranian citizens who criticize Iran's nuclear program as "traitors" and "If they do not give up their pressures on [the government] over the atomic issues, we [the government] will expose them to the Iranian nation," Two days later, Mr. Ahmadinejad has found his first "traitor". The pony show trials begin.

As reported by the BBC,
Former Iranian nuclear negotiator [Hossein Mousavian] has been charged with giving classified information to the British embassy, the Iranian intelligence minister has said.

Mr Mousavian is close to former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, a leading rival to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In October, chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani resigned over reported differences with the president on the nuclear issue.
Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie told the semi-official Fars news agency ..."This accusation is proven in the eyes of the intelligence ministry".

On Monday, Mr Ahmadinejad denounced as "traitors" those in Iran who have criticised its nuclear programme, state media have reported.

He went on to say that his critics had pressured a judge "to acquit a suspect for spying".

This was assumed to be a reference to Mr Mousavian.

Also on Wednesday Iran's parliament approved Mr Ahmadinejad's nominees for ministers of oil and industry.

The acting oil minister, Gholamhossein Nozari, was confirmed in his post, as was Ali Akbar Mehrabian as industry minister.
Now ya see..this was/is an absolutely stupid move on Ahmadinejad's part. It its also being reported today that Iran has conceded to the IAEA and given them documentation on their nuclear program.
The IAEA has been asking Iran for the design document since 2005.
The design document contains information on casting uranium metal, a process related to the fabrication of nuclear weapon components.
Iran says it was given the papers without asking for them during its black market purchases of nuclear equipment years ago.
IAEA inspectors have been permitted to view the document in Iran, but up to now, Teheran has refused to let them have a copy.

Now a document has been handed over to the IAEA. BBC
Too little, too late. I fear Mohammed ElBaradei, the head of the IAEA, has bought Iran all the time the Bush administration take. The documents will only intensify their war mongering rhetoric.

Same Players. Different Scandal.

1 comment:

Ross said...

Hey, I read your post on Iran and think you’d be really interested in this Boston Review article by Abbas Milani on Ahmadinejad’s political rise to power. It includes a detailed explanation of Ahmadinejad’s domestic and foreign policy initiatives including how Iran is now working towards a “China Model:” a liberalized economic boom that allows the clergy to maintain power. The article gives an in-depth description of Ahmadinejad’s interactions with Ayatollah Khamenei, including Khamenei's integral role in Ahmadinejad’s 2005 campaign and some of the tensions which have arisen between the Ahmadinejad and Khamenei since. Ahmadinejad claims to be protected by a divine force and that the purpose of his presidency is to “help expedite the return the messiah.” This is a must-read if you want a good grasp of Ahmadinejad’s political mind and the fragility of the current regime.

Here's the link: