The mysterious killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist this week has led to speculations about the real motives behind these coordinated operations. This latest is the fourth of its kind in the past two years.
As the news of the assassination broke out, a number of well-known pro-Iran lobbyists started to blame Israel, the U.S., and the main Iranian opposition group the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) for the killing.
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Richard Silverstein, an American-Jewish blogger who supports Iran’s nuclear ambitions to be “legitimate”, got the headlines in Iran’s state-run media. The assassination was a “joint Mossad-MEK operation,” he wrote. The story was based on an uncorroborated claim by his “confidential Israeli source”. A similar thing happened in November 2011 when an explosion at a base of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards killed 17 Guards members. Silverstein then claimed that explosion was a joint venture by the Mossad and MEK. His only proof was an unnamed Israeli source. When pressed whether his ‘source’ had ever broken such stories before? Silverstein replied, “I’d rather not be more specific.”
Trita Parsi, a U.S.-based Iranian lobbyist with well-established links to Iran’s authorities who helped the regime launching a massive campaign to maintain the MEK on the U.S. Terror list last summer, was quoted in the Iran’s state-run media parroting the claim of a joint Israel-MEK operation.
European Courts tasked with investigating the terror designation on MEK, having looked through all secret materials, did not find evidence linking the MEK with any violent acts since they had declared an end to military operations in 2001.
Read More at OfficialWire By Abbas Rezai, OfficialWire