For those who thought that the 160 or so members of Ahmadinejad’s delegation flew off with him after checking out of the Warwick Hotel, well – surprise.
First of all, his photographer defected to the US.
More importantly, it seems he left his foreign minister (and US trained nuclear engineer!) behind to tie up the really vital loose ends. And just as with his boss, the media could not get enough of his rubbish.
This is the same Ali Akbar Salehi who just recently visited Syria, and hugged and kissed… yes, you guessed it… Bashar al-Assad:
There’s more regurgitation in the following articles:
(PressTV has a New York correspondent?!)
Now, there is credit due to most of the reports for citing his MIT background. Unfortunately, all too many failed to mention the most pertinent fact connected with that degree: not just any Phd, but rather a Phd in nuclear engineering! For those wondering why exactly this is relevant, please consider the following:
A member of Iran’s national security council – the Iran decision-making body most relevant to its pursuit of the bomb – Salehi was Chancellor of the Sharif University of Technology from 1982 to 1985 and once again in 1989 to 1993. While Chancellor of Sharif University, Salehi was involved in an attempt to obtain dual-use technologies from a European supplier, according to David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security, citing some 1,600 telex documents from the 1990s. His ISIS report claims the Physics Research Center acted as a front in the late 1980s and early 1990s to obtain illicit nuclear technologies. ISIS claims that, as head of Sharif University, was aware of purchases.
Add to that the fact that he still appears on the EU’s sanctions list for his role in advancing Tehran’s nuclear program, most recently as head of its Atomic Energy Organization.
So why didn’t the media mention any of this?