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NYT writer arrested for allegedly working as secret agent of the Iranian government

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Another day, another scandal in the New York Times. Still hardly any reporting.

Kaveh Afrasiabi, an opinion writer for the New York Times, was arrested and charged with acting and conspiring as an unregistered foreign agent for the Iranian government.

If convicted, Afrasiabi could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

But is that long enough?

# USA – Kaveh Afrasiabi is arrested this week on charges of being an unregistered foreign agent for #Iran. The New York Times published more than a dozen of his opinion articles and letters to the editor.
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– Mete Sohtaoğlu (@metesohtaoglu) January 25, 2021

Federal Prosecutors also accused Afrasiabi of emailing Iranian officials and advised “retaliation” following the US military air strike that killed Iranian military general Qasem Soleimani. BizPacreview Reports.

At the time of the strike, he proposed to the Iranian government “to end all inspections and all information on Iranian nuclear activities until a [United Nations Security Council] Condemnation of [United States’] illegal crime. “Afrasiabi claimed the move would” strike fear in the heart [the] Enemy.”

Afrasiabi, a former political science professor, lives in Massachusetts but is also an Iranian citizen. The Justice Department alleges that he allegedly “published books and articles promoting Iranian standpoints while secretly employed by the Iranian Mission to the United Nations” in direct violation of the Foreign Agent Registration Act.

The Justice Department issued a press release: “Afrasiabi allegedly sought to influence the American public and policy-makers for the benefit of his employer, the Iranian government, by disguising propaganda as objective political analysis and expertise.”

The US Attorney’s Office also accused the writer of having leaked the propaganda to the American public.

“Our arrest of Kaveh Afrasiabi makes it clear that the United States will not allow undeclared Iranian agents to operate uncontrollably in our country.”

The allegations include that Afrasiabe was paid, directed and controlled by Iran to stand up for US government officials to support Iran’s interests both politically and financially. He has allegedly been involved in Iranian propaganda for a very long time.

“For over a decade, Kaveh Afrasiabi has presented himself to Congress, journalists and the American public as a neutral and objective expert on Iran,” said John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

“However, Afrasiabi has been a secret employee of the Iranian government and the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations all along, paid to distribute their propaganda. In doing so, he deliberately avoided registering with the Justice Department, as required by the Foreign Agent Registration Act, ”he added.

Afrasiabi was released on Friday on the condition that “he has no contact with known, current or former members of the Iranian government, except in the presence of his lawyer.”

While this situation relates directly to our national security, we have barely heard of the mass media.

That’s pretty scary.

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