A former top Iranian secret agent said yesterday that the hostage-taker in a 1979 photograph that has come under intense scrutiny is not President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but a former militant who committed suicide in jail.Fine. You know what I want to see, then? I want a complete list of all of the terrorists (not "students" as far as I'm concerned) who held our people hostage in 1979; their names, faces, date and time last seen and where they are now, and I want the list to be verified by international human rights organizations such as Amnesty International. It's just a bit too convenient that this Taqi Mohammadi guy just happened to commit suicide in jail to avert any suspicion (it's always easy to blame it on the dead guy, right? - see Iran-Contra and Casey, Bill).
Saeed Hajjarian, an adviser to outgoing President Mohammad Khatami and a former high-ranking official in the Intelligence Ministry, identified the man in the photo dating to the 1979 U.S. Embassy siege as Taqi Mohammadi.
Iran's newly elected president has been accused of being a main participant in the taking of American hostages at the embassy. Six former U.S. hostages who saw the president-elect in photos or on television said they believed Ahmadinejad was among the hostage-takers. One said he was interrogated by Ahmadinejad.
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Shadow Of A Doubt
From the Associated Press, reported in this morning's Philadelphia Inquirer: