Gareth Porter


Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses his article “US Officials Peddle False Intel to Support Terror Plot Claims;” piling on the propaganda to pass more punitive sanctions and further isolate Iran (but not start a war apparently); why the government would surely have recorded damning conversations between Manssor Arbabsiar and the DEA informant – if the plot was even remotely real; why the FBI’s real target was Iranian Quds force deputy commander Abdul Reza Shahlai, not the stooge Arbabsiar; and why the $100,000 balance transfer, supposedly for the Saudi Ambassador’s assassination, was for likely intended for something else.

MP3 here. (19:12)

Gareth Porter is an independent historian and journalist. He is the author of Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam. His articles appear on Counterpunch, Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and

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  1. Apparently the Iranian Quds force guy Gholam Shakuri has been visiting 'Neocon and Israel Central' at the MEK Camp in Kurdistan-Iraq (Camp Ashraf ) – currently being reported in the NYTimes and below

    This would point to an Israeli/Neocon connection on the Iranian side of the equation – if the Israelis themselves can be nailed it is essentially a false flag op against the US

    Number two suspect in plot case is MKO member
    TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) – Interpol has found new evidence showing that the number two suspect in connection with the alleged Iranian government’s involvement in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington is a key member of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), the Mehr News Agency has learnt.
    Gholam Shakuri was last seen in Washington and Camp Ashraf in Iraq where MKO members are based.

    The person in question has been travelling to different countries under the names of Ali Shakuri/Gholam Shakuri/Gholam-Hossein Shakuri by using fake passports including forged Iranian passports. One passport used by the person was issued on 30/11/2006 in Washington. The passport number was K10295631.

  2. Mehr News Agency is an arm of the Islamic Republic and has no more credibility than Pravda did back in the Soviet era. That said, here is how the Gray Lady covered the story:
    Several things should be noted here:
    1) The story so far is single-sourced, this source being one which spreads lies about its enemies in a way which would make Pravda blush.
    2) Gholam-Hosein Shakuri was a senior member of the Revolutionary Guards, the elite military wing of the Islamic Republic. That such a character was a member of the PMOI, a fanatically anti-regime cult, and that this should just now (what a coincidence!) be discovered should make us doubt the story.
    3) The Islamic Republic routinely labels its enemies as members of the PMOI cult, more or less the way Stalinists labeled their enemies agents of Hitler and the Mikado or the Wall Street plutocrats or Trotskyite splitters and wreckers.
    4) On the other hand, the Islamic Republic is citing an international agency like Interpol. Although Interpol has yet to respond, it would be quite a bluff for the Islamic Republic to pull if they knew they were lying.

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