MEK Iran: Former Iranian Intelligence Agent Letter Indicates Need for More Productive Western Policies
A former agent of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS), called Hadi Sani-Khani, recently wrote to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres revealing information about his former co-operation with the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security.
Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence agents operating in Europe
The letter reveals the possible operations of a network of agents operating in Europe. These revelations have been exposed after the capture of an Iranian embassy diplomat in Vienna, Assadollah Assadi, who was caught in the act of transferring a bomb brought from Iran to two other agents who had been assigned the job of detonating the bomb at a large National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) rally taking place just outside Paris.
Assadi and 3 other accomplices faced a Belgian court and were convicted and sentenced to long terms in prison for this bombing attempt. The court knew that if it had succeeded hundreds of lives could have been lost.
MEK supporters are growing
Support for the MEK has been growing in recent times with Western lawmakers which have included dignitaries from both the US and Europe. This has never been easy as the Iranian regime has mounted both demonization and disinformation campaigns against the MEK hoping to destroy its support. At one point it was classified as a terrorist organization but once the truth got out this label was eliminated.
Sani-Khani’s letter pretty well backs up facts released at Assadi’s trial that agents overseen by Assadi for the regime had been operating in at least 11 countries in Europe for a long time. It became known that cash had been handed to these agents but the picture isn’t completely clear as to the roles they have been playing. However, what Sani-Khani’s letter revealed was the eagerness the regime had to recruit him after he had left the MEK.
Sani-Khani explained how Ebrahim Khodabandeh, the head of an organization known as Nejat, which was created by the MOIS, contacted him to spread propaganda about the MEK from 1st hand experience, but focusing on discrediting them. There were other agents named by Khani one of whom was Ebrahim Khodabandeh’s brother Massoud, and his wife Anne Singleton.
Sani-Khani’s letter names Khodabandeh and Singleton for the role they played in linking reporters to Iranian agents in Albania who had been taught what to say about the MEK’s presence in Albania. Some of these stories appeared in both British and German media outlets but because it was discovered that most of the content was false the media was financially penalized for publishing lies.
The nationwide uprising
The exposure of the foreign media for telling lies about the MEK coincided with a nationwide uprising in late 2017 which the regime blamed the MEK for. Popular support for the MEK grew after Maryam Rajavi published a statement requesting that activists make 2018 a “year full of uprisings.” It was not long after this that the thwarted bomb attempt was just about to take place at the 2018 Free Iran rally, which had been organized by the MEK’s parent coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
Now it is time for European and American policymakers to realize that they need to be far more assertive at dismantling those terrorist networks so preventing more bombing attempts and the protection of lives. Also, media standards are under scrutiny for the disparaging claims published about the Iranian Resistance. It is high time that Western policy should favor the support of the Resistance.
Tags: #FreeIran2018, Disinformation by MOIS, Disinformation Campaign, Iran Opposition, Iran Protests, Iran Terrorism, Maryam Rajavi, MEK, Mujahedin-e Khalq, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), People's Mojahedin organization of Iran, PMOI