Defector: 'U.S. Negotiating Team Mainly There to Speak on Iran's Behalf'

An Iranian editor covering the negotiations in Switzerland has defected, according to a report in The Telegraph.

Amir Hossein Motaghi, says he no longer sees any "sense" in being a journalist in Iran because of the censorship.

Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA).

He then appeared on an opposition television channel based in London to say he no longer saw any “sense” in his profession as a journalist as he could only write what he was told.

“There are a number of people attending on the Iranian side at the negotiations who are said to be journalists reporting on the negotiations,” he told Irane Farda television. “But they are not journalists and their main job is to make sure that all the news fed back to Iran goes through their channels.

“My conscience would not allow me to carry out my profession in this manner any more.” Mr Mottaghi was a journalist and commentator who went on to use social media successfully to promote Mr Rouhani to a youthful audience that overwhelmingly elected him to power.

But he was also subject to the bitter internal arguments within the Iranian regime. One news website claimed he had been forced in to report to the ministry of intelligence weekly, and that he had been tipped off that he might be subject to arrest had he returned to Tehran.

In his television interview, Mr Mottaghi also gave succour to western critics of the proposed nuclear deal, which has seen the White House pursue a more conciliatory line with Tehran than some of America’s European allies in the negotiating team, comprising the five permanent members of the UN security council and Germany.

“The US negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” he said.

That's a pretty damning indictment . If Mr. Motaghi can be believed, we're apparently trying to shove this horrible deal down the throats of our allies - France, Great Britain, and Germany. Russia and China are no doubt very pleased with developments. Both countries are eager to trade with Iran and since Iranian nukes wouldn't be aimed at them, they don't care much if the mullahs get the bomb or not.

France is the only US ally who appears to be alarmed at how weak the deal is. The shocking number of concessions we've reportedly made in recent days has the French very worred. But they will probably sign off on a deal anyway, hoping the US will do something about Iran in the future.

Meanwhile, it looks like there will be some kind of framework deal, even if negotiations go  beyond the March 31 deadline.


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