Feb 22, 2013 Comments Off Pat Dollard
Is Chuck Hagel a volunteer spy for Iran?
Excerpted from The Daily Caller: Documents obtained by The Daily Caller show that staffers for then-Sen. Chuck Hagel met repeatedly with a controversial pro-Iran lobby group, and some met with the organization’s president.
Iranian state-run media have referred to the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC) since at least 2006 as “Iran’s lobby” in the U.S.
It portrays itself in the media as an independent group of Iranian expatriates. But Sam Nunberg, director of the Legal Project at the Middle East Forum project, describes the NIAC as an Iranian “front group.”
And documents released during the discovery phase of a defamation lawsuit NIAC filed against Seid Hassan Daioleslam, editor of the Iranian American Forum and one of the regime’s most public critics, include correspondence with Mohammed Javad Zaif, then Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations.
Nunberg’s organization is helping to represent Daioleslam.
The civil discovery documents also include a letter written by NIAC legislative assistant Babak Talebi describing Sen. Hagel as “generally on our side” regarding issues concerning the Islamic Republic.
A NIAC-authored portrayal of Iran-friendly politicians describes a meeting between Parsi and Hagel staffer Rexon Ryu in which Ryu “offered good advice.” It also describes meetings “at least twice” with a Ryu deputy “to get his feedback and ask for the Senator’s support.”