June 29, 2005
Photo claimed to show Iran President with hostage
Is it true, as is claimed, that the newly
appointed elected Iranian president was one of the U.S. hostage takers? The claims have been strongly denied by Ahmadinejad's office, which says that
the man in the image is not him. Other hostage-takers who were present at the
embassy siege also say that the President-elect was not involved in the storming
of the embassy.
Now let me see who it is that I should believe - former hostage takers that hated, and most likely still do, the U.S., or Mo Jazayeri, the executive editor of Iran Focus, the agency distributing the picture,who is adamant that it showed Mr Ahmadinejad. As if it would be hard for me to choose, there apparently happens to be film footage which shows Ahmadinejad and several other hostage takers taking this hostage out of the compound and bringing him in front of the crowd which chants 'Death to America.'
Opponents claim that the man with a US hostage(left) is the new
Iran President-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; (right) Mr Ahmadinejad after his
Opponents claim that the man with a US hostage(left) is the new Iran President-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; (right) Mr Ahmadinejad after his election.
- Times Online UK
A photo has emerged which it is claimed links the President-elect of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with the taking of 60 American hostages during the US embassy siege in Tehran in 1979.
A London-based Iranian news agency which opposes Mr Ahmadinejad is circulating the photograph, which it says was taken by the Associated Press news agency on the first day of the hostage crisis.
In the picture, a man which the Iran Focus agency claims it has identified as Mr Ahmadinejad, is seen holding the arm of a blindfolded US hostage.
The possible role of Mr Ahmadinejad in the embassy takeover, which lasted 444 days and remains a significant sore between America and Iran, came to light in the run-up to the presidential elections on June 17. More ...
From Gateway Pundit we have:
The pictures are one thing but this article from Iran Focus is just chilling:
The photograph of Iran's newly-elected president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, holding the arm of a blindfolded American hostage on the premises of the United States embassy in Tehran was taken by an Associated Press photographer in November 1979.
Soon after the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Ahmadinejad, who was studying in Tehran's University of Science and Technology, became a member of the central council of the Office for Strengthening of Unity Between Universities and Theological Seminaries, the main pro-Khomeini student body.
The OSU played a central role in the seizure of the United States embassy in Tehran in November 1979. Members of the OSU central council, who included Ahmadinejad as well as Ibrahim Asgharzadeh, Mohsen Mirdamadi, Mohsen Kadivar, Hashem Aghajari, and Abbas Abdi, were regularly received by Khomeini himself.
Former OSU officials involved in the takeover of the U.S. embassy said Ahmadinejad was in charge of security during the occupation, a key role that put him in direct contact with the nascent security organizations of the clerical regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, which he later joined.
Defectors from the clerical regime's security forces have revealed that Ahmadinejad led the firing squads that carried out many of the executions. He personally fired coup de grace shots at the heads of prisoners after their execution and became known as "Tir Khalas Zan" (literally, the Terminator).
Cross posted at Hyscience
Posted by Richard at June 29, 2005 7:46 PM