Iranian Defector: US Working ‘On Behalf’ of Iran



An Iranian journalist and top media aide to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani defected while covering the nuclear talks in Switzerland and has accused the United States’ team of acting on Iran’s behalf in the negotiations.

Amir Hossein Motaghi defected late last week, saying he no longer saw any point in his profession in a country whose government told him what to write, the U.K.’s Telegraph reported.

Motaghi told the London-based Irane Farda, an Iranian opposition television station, that the American team is working to convince the other members of the U.N. Security Council nations and Germany – the P5+1 powers.

“The U.S. negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the P5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” he said.

He told the station that a number of people attending the talks on Iran’s side are reported to be journalists, but that “their main job is to make sure that all the news fed back to Iran goes through their channels.”

“My conscience would not allow me to carry out my profession in this manner anymore,” he said.

Motaghi had held a major press position for Rouhani. During his campaign, Motaghi headed up Rouhani’s successful social media efforts to bring his message to young voters through Twitter.

The Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA) confirmed that Motaghi had been in Lausanne to cover the talks, but had quit. Motaghi’s critics clamed he had gone to Lausanne only for the purpose of defecting.

He is said to be a friend of jailed Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian and had been lobbying internally for his release. The Telegraph said one news website reported that he had been tipped off that he would have been arrested if he had returned to Iran.

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  1. Rabbosai, we need to wake up and daven with all our hearts to Hashem to protect us. This is obvious proof that the administration is bent on our destruction rachmono litzlon. There can be no other reason that they would make peace with an enemy that is currently fighting against them themselves at the very same time in Yemen, Syria, and elsewhere. Whoever heard of such a thing except to join against a common enemy – us, which they apparently view as an even greater threat. This should warrant a Yom tefillah. The gemara in Tanis P2 says that a Tanis was decreed when wolves where merely sighted, although they didn’t do anything. This is lightyears beyond and we just go on happily along our merry way. Sorry to scare people but the facts are in front of us.