MEK: Former Iranian Intelligence Worker Reveals Facts About Conspiracy Against Resistance Movement
Opponents of Iran’s religious regime have for a long time accused it of engaging in intelligence operations all over the world with the aim of blocking the credibility of the organized opposition movement and even organizing direct attacks on the movement.
Letter to UN Secretary-General
Recently, these accusations were given some credibility when an Iranian expatriate called Hadi Sani-Khani wrote a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Sani-Khani’s letter provided details of how the news of his departure from the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), quickly made its way to the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security. They contacted him and congratulated him on his move and immediately started to exert pressure on him that eventually lead him to collaborate. The main aim was to discredit the MEK. Sani-Khani was told to write articles that focused on demonizing the MEK.
Ebrahim Khodabandeh was supposedly the head of the anti-MEK movement and was already known by the MEK for his disinformation campaigns. Khodabandeh and his wife, Anne Singleton, have for several years told the Western media that they are independent experts on counterterrorism, but their work was focused on presenting the MEK in a negative light that led to the organization being falsely designated as a foreign terrorist organization in the U.S. until 2012.
Khodabandeh and Singleton’s role in spreading Iranian propaganda was reported as true in a report from the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress. Singleton’s background was a “relevant example of how MOIS coerces non-Iranians to cooperate.” The report provided details of threats that had been made against her husband’s family some years prior to the couple’s disinformation operations becoming a full-time job.
Iranian intelligence network
Sani-Khani identified this and other discussion points as regular features in the content that he and other members of the Iranian intelligence network were told to provide for payment. Sani Khani earned 500 Euros monthly for writing anti-MEK articles and submitting them for publication by the Nejat Organization. If he had been prepared to join video presentations condemning the MEK, he would have got paid a lot more.
Sani-Khani admitted he had been involved in spreading false claims about the MEK to foreign journalists. Sani-Khani maintained contact with one single reporter for 3 months and conferred with the Iranian embassy in Albania before he provided answers to questions about the MEK. This resulted in an article appearing in Der Spiegel, the truth of which was later challenged.
Sani-Khani said in his letter, “I had been in the ranks of the MEK for about 14 years and knew that not a single word of these utterances was true, and this constant lying became one of the drivers of my psychological torment and bad conscience.”
The national uprising
The letter also explains that Sani-Khani felt guilty following the crackdown in November 2019 after the national uprising which was allegedly led by the resistance movement. Authorities told the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to shoot at crowds of protesters, resulting in an estimated death toll of around 1,500.
The regime also tried to attack the foreign support structure for the MEK. In June 2018, the organization’s parent coalition, The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), put on its annual rally of Iranian expatriates close to Paris, where 100,000 attended. Some of these were prominent political dignitaries from throughout the world. There, a high-ranking Iranian diplomat and his 3 partners tried to bomb the event but they were caught before the bomb was planted.
Tags: #FreeIran2018, Disinformation by MOIS, Disinformation Campaign, Iran Opposition, Iran Protests, Iran Terrorism, MEK, Mujahedin-e Khalq, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), People's Mojahedin organization of Iran, PMOI