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08-01-2005, 07:42 PM
Ahmadinejad not man in Tehran embassy photo - CIA


(Gold9472: They lied to us again by creating false war propaganda. This news was NOT on any of the MSM networks. Can anyone say "Swift Boat Captains Part II"?)


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A CIA analysis has concluded a hostage-taker pictured in an old photo at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran is not Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a U.S. official said on Friday.

The analysis compared photos of Ahmadinejad and an embassy hostage-taker whom former U.S. hostages identified as the newly elected Iranian leader. It found discrepancies serious enough to suggest the two are different men.

"If there's a case to made that Ahmadinejad was one of the hostage-takers, it will not be made on the basis of those photographs," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of sensitive nature of the subject matter.

The photos were widely published in the U.S. media late last month.

The official said the photo analysis was only one part of a broad inter-agency investigation into Ahmadinejad's role in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution that severed U.S.-Iranian relations and brought Islamic rule to Iran.

Several American hostages have said they recognized Ahmadinejad from pictures published after his election, and that they believed he was one of the captors.

U.S. intelligence agencies and the State Department are trying to determine what role Ahmadinejad may have played, officials said.

Authorities have so far been able to confirm only that he was a leader of the student movement that organized the 444-day siege of the embassy in Tehran.

Ahmadinejad, who takes office on Tuesday, has denied he was involved in storming the embassy and holding 52 hostages.

The United States has not resumed diplomatic relations with Iran since that 1979-1981 hostage crisis and considers the Islamic Republic to be a state sponsor of terrorism.

After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Washington and New York, President Bush labeled Iran a member of an "axis of evil" along with North Korea and Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

The Bush administration is pursuing diplomatic efforts to persuade Iran to abandon civilian uranium enrichment, which American officials say is a cover for nuclear arms development, a charge Tehran denies.

08-01-2005, 07:51 PM
From Wayne Madsen

July 31, 2005 -- CIA says Iranian hostage photo does not show Iranian President-elect. As reported here on July 1 and 2, neocon-supplied photos intended to "prove" that incoming Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as one of the hostage takers at the U.S. embassy in Teheran in 1979 have proven to be as phony as Iraqi WMDs and Niger government documents. A CIA analysis has concluded that Ahmadinejad was not one of the hostage takers shown in a photo released by a London-based Iranian exile group tied to the neocon Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. The neocon apparatus, in its usual premeditated manner, offered up a small group of right-wing ex-hostages who said one of the men in the hostage scene photo was definitely Ahmadinejad. In fact, Ahmadinejad was one of the 1979 student leaders in Teheran who advised against storming the U.S. embassy.