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October 18th, 2009 - 3:12 pm

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, the head of the Guardian Council (and the effective leader with Khamenei incapacitated), inadvertently confirmed Nasrallah’s presence in his Friday sermon when he referred to a conversation between the two.  The Nasrallah trip had not been announced in any of the Iranian media.

On Saturday morning or late Friday night, Khamenei was transferred from the special clinic to his own residence [palace] and many pieces of medical equipment were also transferred.

At noon, Saturday, Rafsanjani attempted to visit Khamenei but entry was refused and he was told to report back at 1600. When Rafsanjani reported back at 1600 he was told by Khamenei’s son that he could not see Khamenei, so Rafsanjani left again.

As for the alleged photos of the alleged meeting between Khamenei, Ahmadinejad, and Senegalese President Wade, I am confident that there was no such meeting.  Wade only met with Ahmadinejad.  The purpose of the short meeting was for Wade to deliver a formal complaint on behalf of various poor African countries.  Iran, which this year chairs the Islamic Conference, had promised considerable aid to them, but as yet has failed to pay.  So Wade asked Ahmadinejad to keep his promise.

I earlier speculated that the photos were falsified, but, as it turns out, the pics (and film broadcast on Iranian TV) were from the files.  Wade had been four times to Tehran.  The photo of Wade in a Western suit was taken at the meeting of the Islamic Conference in Tehran four months ago.  The regime was in such a hurry to put paid to the stories about Khamenei’s illness that the news agencies failed to coordinate the pictures.

Finally, the most impressive evidence of the real condition of the Supreme Leader is that he did not appear in public after the terrible bombing today (Sunday).  It would have been normal for him to go on television and address the Iranian people.

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