Iranian hackers expose government’s covert attempts to discredit opposition
The information revealed detailed the ministry’s coordinated effort with intelligence agencies to discredit the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) through propagation of false information.
The leaked documents reveal a deep-seated fear within the Iranian regime of its primary opposition, the MEK. It shows the active involvement of multiple ministries, especially a “political committee” within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in devising strategies to counter the MEK and curb its global activities. One key strategy involved lobbying for the MEK’s blacklisting in the European Union, which would hinder their operations.
Upon thorough assessment, however, the “political committee” concluded that it would be unfeasible to reclassify the MEK as a terrorist organization within the European Union’s existing legal framework. This was due to the stringent requirement of submitting documents that substantiate the organization’s involvement in acts of terrorism, which the MEK is not accused of committing.
The documents unveiled Tehran’s apprehension that their attempts to re-list the MEK in the foreign terrorist organizations roster may fail given the current political landscape. This revelation further affirms that the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, Iran, sought to exploit political leverage to blacklist its dissidents, hence justifying its crimes against them.
The MEK, recognized as a viable alternative and a serious threat to the Iranian regime, has been the target of a demonization campaign, which saw billions of dollars of people’s wealth wasted in an effort to blacklist the organization in European countries.
The previous terrorist designation of the MEK was baseless and unjust, permitting the regime to freely target the organization and its members both within and outside Iran. Following extensive investigations and scrutiny of numerous documents, courts in the European Union and the United States revoked the terrorist designation imposed on the MEK.
The leaked documents provide compelling evidence of the Iranian regime’s desperate attempts to suppress its opposition. The hackers’ breach of government databases reveals a regime in fear of its people’s call for freedom and democracy, shining a light on the machinations of a government willing to go to any lengths to maintain its control.
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