Madhi said in the film that the conference was meant to introduce the rest of the opposition leaders with the group that the U.S. had constructed, called “Circle of Friends,” in which he was allegedly appointed leader.
Before leaving Iran, Madhi held a position with the Majlis Khobregan (Assembly of Experts on Leadership) for 12 years and was a member in the intelligence division of the Revolutionary Guards Corps.
It is still unclear whether the Iranian government planted Madhi.
Yet in the meantime, Madhi dubiously played the part of the traitor turned hero, openly proud of his newfound calling to save the Iranian people.
In a Feb. 3 Reuters article, Madhi wrote: “I realized then that the regime would not evolve.” “(I joined the Green Wave) because no other organization has the capacity to link the internal opposition with the overseas elements.” he said, communicating through an interpreter.
Perhaps he fell prey to the State Department at the dismay of the Islamic regime back home, who claim to have Madhi in their custody.
Despite the broadcasted statements about Madhi’s assigned task to deceive policy makers and opposition members, Kayhan and IRNA, both regime media outlets, maintain that Madhi was “a deceived element,” who is now under arrest for his betrayal of the government and country. They claim that the broadcast was in actuality a “confession,” something the Iranian regime has notoriously done.
D.C. policy makers and opposition members mentioned in the film and those who surround the story have denied any connection to Madhi.
Meetings with Clinton and Biden cannot be confirmed, but Madhi’s meeting with outstanding opposition leaders in Paris has been documented.
Could it be that Madhi escaped Iran, hoping to make a pretty penny offering information and his expertise to American intelligence officials, but when that plan botched, he decided to make nice with the regime back home, to allow him to go back to Iran and to mend ties with the Mullahs once again?
The bottom line is that even if all of the details in Madhi’s account are fabricated, he, as a tool of the Iranian regime, successfully cracked the opposition abroad. Now every opposition leader will look to his or her right and left and wonder who can be trusted. Madhi lured everyone in with his expertise and defector status, and ended up an agent of the regime.
The most significant outcome is that this will not only eliminate many key players who were mentioned or who fear being outted in the future, for several reasons, but more importantly, where resistance against Iran is concerned, it will delegitimize so much of what the opposition abroad has worked hard to build, particularly since the 2009 election.
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