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Iran ambassador suggests CIA could have killed Neda Agha-Soltan

Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri Iran's ambassador to Mexico

Sometimes it seems Wolf Blitzer has interviewed pretty much every single person on the planet by now on CNN's "The Situation Room." Fact is, Wolfie is literally a stand-up interviewer and a real pro, even with people you don't know, because Wolf, it seems, knows everybody.

Newswise, everything is gonna be Michael Jackson-Farah Fawcett here for a while, which is a godsend for Gov. Mark Sanford while his meds take effect and VP Joe Biden can finally have his time-consuming private meetings, well, in private.

But it also means folks might overlook Wolf's incredible or incredulous chat today with Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri.

Now who, most people might ask, is MHG? Another nobody CNN scooped off the streets of Washington by CNN bookers to comment on something we didn't know we needed to know about? Well, no. He's the ambassador of Iran to Mexico.

Clearly, MHG was authorized by the Big Bearded Boys back home to say what he said here about the now globally iconic Neda Agha-Soltan, who in her vivid videotaped death has become a part of even American politics.

And MHG chose to speak in Persian so he would not make any career-ending -- or worse -- mistranslations. (NB: Eyewitnesses have said Neda was shot in the chest.)

So here it is, as The Ticket often does, in his own words: 

WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Well, we're anxious to hear your government's response to all of these developments which have been very dramatic over the past two weeks.

A key question many people around the world are asking is, why did your security forces kill that 26-year-old beautiful student named Nada?

MOHAMMAD HASSAN GHADIRI, IRANIAN AMBASSADOR TO MEXICO: I prefer to answer this in Persian.Neda Agha Soltan

BLITZER: Go ahead.

GHADIRI (through interpreter): This death of Ms. Nada is very suspicious. She was shot from behind. The location was where there was not much demonstration, there was no police presence and the gun that shot and killed her was a smuggled gun. It was not a government-issued gun.

BLITZER: There have been others, though, that have been killed, as well.

GHADIRI (through interpreter): In our view, this would be the work of those who wanted to put more fuel to the flame against the government. 

I'll tell you what Mr. [Giulio] Andreotti, who was an Italian politician who was the prime minister of Italy.  Mr. Andreotti was talking about a terrorist group, the Gladiators, and CIA had found that. And therefore, the United States was for the Communists to come to power during the election. That's why they would terror-assassinate anti-Communist people and politicians and they would blame the Communists for that.

It's natural that the public opinion may believe that assassinated person like that was . . .

. . . an anti-terrorist, anti-Communist. The public opinion could be formed that the Communists had assassinated the terrorism. This is the thing that has been continued.

My question is that how is that this Nada was shot from behind and several cameras take that. And this is done in an area where there was no important demonstration. If the CIA wants to kill some people and attribute that to the elements of the government, and then choosing a girl would be something good for them because it would have much higher impact.

Therefore, we believe and we are looking into this to find who the elements were who did this.

BLITZER: Are you seriously accusing the CIA of killing Neda?

GHADIRI (through interpreter): We say that the bullet that was found in her head was not a bullet that you could find in Iran.

These are the bullets that the CIA and terrorist groups use. Of course they warned that there would be a bloodshed in these demonstrations and then they could attribute that to the Islamic Republic. This is part of a common act of CIA in various countries.

BLITZER: Do you really believe that, Mr. Ambassador?

You're a distinguished diplomat representing Iran. This is a very serious accusation that you're making, that the CIA was responsible for killing this beautiful, young woman.

GHADIRI (through interpreter): I'm not saying that the CIA had done this. There are different groups. Could be intelligence services, could be CIA, could be the terrorists.

However, these are the people who do these things. You could ask Mr. Andreotti, who was an Italian diplomat, whether Gladiators were a secret group related to CIA or not. Now they of course they use better methods. Of course, you're not going to say that CIA is a sacred organization that hasn't done anything to other worlds.

BLITZER: Mr. Ambassador, why won't your government allow people to go mourn at a memorial service for Nada, as her family has requested?

GHADIRI (through interpreter): We have no problem with mournings. Naturally we don't want to provide an opportunity for the rioters to come in and make the situation worse.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Top photo: Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri. Credit: Gustavo Aguado / Associated Press. Second photo: Neda Agha-Soltan. Credit: Associated Press.

 
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GHADIRI (through translator): I'm not saying that the CIA had done this. There are different groups. Could be intelligence services, could be CIA, could be the terrorists.

BLITZER: Could it be little green men from mars?

Well... that's what he should have asked.

Good thing Obama didn't come down on Iran last weekend or they might have said this sooner!

What I would like to know, is why people like Blitzer, keep insisting on giving interviews to people like this? The ONLY thing this does, is allow these people to spread more of their LIES, and actually give them some credibility. The same goes for the far extremes in this country, on both the right and the left.

If the news media, would quit even paying attention to these people, it would go a long way, in the dismissing of some of them, along with the out-right loony views they hold and spew forth.

Maybe the truth is that Iran killed Michael Jackson to divert the worlds attention from them.

It's almost as likely a scenario, actually, it is probably more likely.

You have got to be kidding, right? Who killed Neda? The BBC and Air America, CIA? Have you lived in Iran? I have and you are trying to assume the best about a Government that stones men and women to death still, condones honor killings and worse. I was there in the late 70's and 1980. This is a place where nobody can express an opinion different from the supreme leader, period. If anything leaks out to the rest of the world about violent things such as this they always blame it on the west. Well the US wasn't around 300 years ago so who was to blame for this same perverted, evil mentality back then which by the way was also all in the name of Alla.

If you have ever experienced freedom of speech or free will then spent a day in this place which has a beautiful landscape and beautiful citizens but the most violent and repressive government in the world then you will understand where I am coming from. Stop the denial and just be honest and call things what they are. This country is a sad place to be right now and hopefully the people will be free soon.

And the earth is flat right ? How do these mental lightweights get to where they are in governement ? I doubt this guy ever had an independant thought in his life. The speculation they present is just another reason they can't be trusted. They wouldn't know or believe the facts anyway.

Iran ambassador suggests CIA could have killed Neda Agha-Soltan

WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Well, we're anxious to hear your government's response to all of these developments which have been very dramatic over the past two weeks.
A key question many people around the world are asking is, why did your security forces kill that 26-year-old beautiful student named Nada?
MOHAMMAD HASSAN GHADIRI, IRANIAN AMBASSADOR TO MEXICO: I prefer to answer this in Persian.
BLITZER: Go ahead.
GHADIRI (through interpreter): This death of Ms. Nada is very suspicious. She was shot from behind. The location was where there was not much demonstration, there was no police presence and the gun that shot and killed her was a smuggled gun. It was not a government-issued gun.
BLITZER: There have been others, though, that have been killed, as well.
GHADIRI (through interpreter): In our view, this would be the work of those who wanted to put more fuel to the flame against the government.
I'll tell you what Mr. [Giulio] Andreotti, who was an Italian politician who was the prime minister of Italy. Mr. Andreotti was talking about a terrorist group, the Gladiators, and CIA had found that. And therefore, the United States was for the Communists to come to power during the election. That's why they would terror-assassinate anti-Communist people and politicians and they would blame the Communists for that.
It's natural that the public opinion may believe that assassinated person like that was . . . The public opinion could be formed that the Communists had assassinated the anti-Communist. This is the thing that has been continued.
My question is that how is that this Nada was shot from behind and several cameras take that. And this is done in an area where there was no important demonstration. If the CIA wants to kill some people and attribute that to the elements of the government, and then choosing a girl would be something good for them because it would have much higher impact.
Therefore, we believe and we are looking into this to find who the elements were who did this.
BLITZER: Are you seriously accusing the CIA of killing Neda?
GHADIRI (through interpreter): We say that the bullet that was found in her head was not a bullet that you could find in Iran.
These are the bullets that the CIA and terrorist groups use. Of course they warned that there would be a bloodshed in these demonstrations and then they could attribute that to the Islamic Republic. This is part of a common act of CIA in various countries.
BLITZER: Do you really believe that, Mr. Ambassador?
You're a distinguished diplomat representing Iran. This is a very serious accusation that you're making, that the CIA was responsible for killing this beautiful, young woman.
GHADIRI (through interpreter): I'm not saying that the CIA had done this. There are different groups. Could be intelligence services, could be CIA, could be the terrorists.
However, these are the people who do these things. You could ask Mr. Andreotti, who was an Italian diplomat, whether Gladiators were a secret group related to CIA or not. Now they of course they use better methods. Of course, you're not going to say that CIA is a sacred organization that hasn't done anything to other worlds.
BLITZER: Mr. Ambassador, why won't your government allow people to go mourn at a memorial service for Nada, as her family has requested?
GHADIRI (through interpreter): We have no problem with mournings. Naturally we don't want to provide an opportunity for the rioters to come in and make the situation worse.


This is the result of “Terror free tomorrow”, the Center for Public Opinion results of a New Nationwide Public Opinion Survey of Iran before the June 12, 2009 Presidential Elections.

Why do the international press do not mention this survey ?

http://iranhoy.wordpress.com/2009/06/25/iran-ambassador-protesters-represent-a-minority/

http://www.terrorfreetomorrow.org/upimagestft/TFT%20Iran%20Survey%20Report%200609.pdf
http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20090615/cm_huffpost/215423
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/229
http://monthlyreview.org/mrzine/iran110609p.html
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/229
http://monthlyreview.org/mrzine/iran110609p.html
http://monthlyreview.org/mrzine/iran110609.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/based-on-terror-free-tomo_b_215423.html
http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2009/06/15/based-on-terror-free-tomorrow-poll-ahmadinejad-victory-was-expected/
http://www.alternet.org/world/140656/pre-election_poll_predicted_ahmadinejad_win/?page=entire

"Clearly, MHG was authorized by the Big Bearded Boys back home to say what he said here about the now globally iconic Neda Agha-Soltan, who in her vivid videotaped death has become a part of even American politics."

That's absolutely racist, calling the Iranian officials 'Big Bearded Boys'.

Is this guy for real?
First of all, she was shot in the chest, so how could the bullet be recovered from her head?? he should get his facts straight.
Second, an interview with the doctor who was at the scene and tried to stop the bleeding by putting pressure on her CHEST has been posted on BBC persians that clearly states that she was shot by a basiji militiaman from a building rooftop.

Ahmadinejad and his government agents have no credibility with the Iranian people, they are a joke, so why would you even bother interview this guy? That's an insult to all the Iranians that are risking their lives everyday and being brutally killed in the streets so that their voices could be heard.

ok we have reports of there government posing censures on there media. so if that's happening what else are they hiding. not to say our own government tells us the whole truth either. but in most cases it does well to attain a level of free speech.


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