EXCLUSIVE: Iran advocacy group said to skirt lobby rules
Washington Times / Eli Lake
13-Nov-2009 (4 comments)

Shortly before Barack Obama took office, leaders of a prominent Iranian-American group in Washington began to fret.

Now a lawsuit has brought to light numerous documents that raise questions about whether the organization is using that influence to lobby for policies favorable to Iran in violation of federal law. If so, a number of prominent Washington figures could come to regret their ties to the group.

Among NIAC's advisory board members are former Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering, and John Limbert, a former U.S. hostage in Iran, was a board member until his recent appointment as deputy assistant secretary of state for Iran.

Mr. Pickering, reached by The Times, acknowledged he is on the board but said he has never attended a meeting and is not familiar with the organization's operations. Based on his participation in two panels on Capitol Hill, he said, he did not think NIAC was a lobby.

Darius Kadivar

Trita in Trouble ?

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Mohsen Makhmalbaf, an acclaimed Iranian filmmaker and unofficial spokesman for Iran's opposition Green Movement, told The Times, "I think Trita Parsi does not belong to the Green Movement. I feel his lobbying has secretly been more for the Islamic Republic."



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FYI Washington Times = Fox News

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Everything is sacred.

Darius Kadivar

Just to say that I do Not Rejoice over his predicament

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May Trita have his say in this legal lawsuit that opposes him and his organization to his accusers.

May the Truth Triumph !