Credibility Problems at the Washington Post: Blogger Fabricates Content of Reza Kahlili Speech on Iran
Stein was not finished misquoting me:
But he also criticized the CIA for allegedly rejecting his proposal that it "should help Iranians free themselves of this evil regime."
“I wish my CIA handler were here today so I could ask him, ‘how is that working out for you?’" he said.
Again -- instead of listening to the actual audio, he let his imagination run wild, created his own scenario, and got it entirely wrong. I had stated that one my handlers (the only one I did not like to work with), in response to my statement that we should help Iranians free themselves, responded point-blank that I should consider Ayatollah Rafsanjani the king of Iran due to the behind-the-scenes negotiations between the senior President Bush and Rafsanjani at that time. Then I responded with: “How is that working for you?”
Similarly, Stein also leaves out my actual comments about the CIA, which is documented in the Special Policy Forum Report of the event:
The CIA personnel he dealt with were very professional and well informed. They asked him to return to Iran as a spy, though they said he was free to remain in the United States if he wished. Kahlili volunteered to help the agency, hoping that the information he provided would help the United States bring about change in his country.
Stein goes on to say that:
Kahlili was also questioned skeptically about his claim that he was welcomed into the Revolutionary Guards’ intelligence section despite his involvement in "the freedom movement."
In Stein's original post, before he updated it, he claimed my family had connections to the shah. This is another fabrication on his part.
The following misquote is particularly disappointing:
They will attack Israel, European capitals, and the Persian Gulf region at the same time, then they will hide in a bunker [until a religious prophecy is fulfilled] ... and kill the rest of the nonbelievers.
That quote was taken out of context. Plus, Stein supplied the bracketed "until a religious prophecy is fulfilled" without explanation. Again, this is dishonest reporting.
Mr. Stein also failed to understand the correct story, as I stated in the book, that my childhood friend recruited me in the Guards. He mentions the "freedom movement" -- I have no idea what he means by the freedom movement.
It seems that Mr. Stein’s judgment is a bit skewed. Just whose side is he on? Is he among the appeasers of the mullahs -- those mullahs who not only kill Iranian boys and girls who want nothing but freedom, but also kill our own soldiers, who are sacrificing their very lives so that we can enjoy the privileges of a free society? Does Stein sympathize with the same mullah-appeasers who packed a large room to meet with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last September while the brutal slaughter of Iranians was taking place in Tehran’s streets?
I asked Mr. Stein to correct his errors, and he promised to do so. However, he only made minor changes and kept in his misquotes and distortions of the event.
Stein had the opportunity to use my appearance to expose the horrors that are going on in Iran -- he had the chance to use the reach of his WaPo blog, Spy Talk, to inform his audience of the real threat the Iranian regime poses. He could have focused his attention on the more important issues I brought up, but instead he chose to attack me.
While it’s heartbreaking to see such a lack of integrity from a member of the press -- the very sort of person I tried to protect by risking my life as a spy -- I want to let him know that I will continue on with my pursuit of trying to change the long-failed U.S. policy of trying to appease the mullahs and allowing our government to be manipulated by Iranian lobbyists here in the States. I will continue on to bring awareness to the West that the Islamic Regime is messianic, and that their only goal is to bring about the demise of the West and wipe Israel off the map.
I pray that soon we will witness the downfall of this evil regime and celebrate the freedom of a nation, which has been paying dearly for three decades to free itself from Islamic fascism.