Did Ahmadinejad Get Slapped?

Published: January 4th 2011
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

A slap in the face: WikiLeaks has released a report stating that Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was slapped by the Republic's Revolutionary Guards chief of command. Apparently, the president was slapped during an argument over freedom of journalism in a meeting of Iran's Supreme National Security Council. Tehran has denied the reports.


According to WikiLeaks, which has already upset Iran by publishing many reports about her nuclear plan, an Azerbaijan source had told his counterparts American diplomats in the beginning of 2010 that General Mohammad-Ali Jafari was angry at Ahmadinejad over his perception of the freedom of the press and slapped him hard right across the face.


In a response, a spokesman for the Revolutionary Guards was quoted saying on Saturday that "those behind WikiLeaks have availed themselves of the fame they gained through their insider information and invent false stories." Tehran says, the entire story was made up in order to divert the attention from the "kidnapping and torture of General Asghari (Iran's former Defense Minister)."


In addition, on Friday the Iranian Foreign Minister clamored the United Nations' Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon "to strive to clarify the fate" of Asghari, who has disappeared in Turkey in 2007. He was last seen checking into a hotel in Istanbul. The Iranian Foreign Minister also said that Israel is "directly responsible" for the general's life, as Iran believes that Israel has abducted him.


Nevertheless, according to media reports that have not been confirmed, Asghari in fact defected from the Islamic Republic on his own will, in order to find an asylum in a Western country such as the United States, in exchange for what he knows.


This is not the first blow to Iran delivered by WikiLeaks.  A couple of weeks ago Julian Assange's site had revealed leaked documents saying that many Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and even the influential Egypt are opposing Iran's nuclear plan and some have even addressed Washington to stop it by any means necessary. 

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