Iran's political winds are shifting
LA Times

In late December, I received a New Year's e-mail from a former Iranian
diplomat. The contact surprised me. I had known the man when I lived in
Tehran from 2004 to '07, but I hadn't heard from him in more than two
years. In 2007, as the Ahmadinejad administration began tarring its
ideological enemies as foreign stooges, he cut relations with me.

hadn't become less of a liability in the interim. In 2009, during the
postelection unrest, I was arrested at Tehran's airport as I was
boarding a flight and transferred to Evin Prison. Though the Greek
government intervened to obtain my prompt release, others were less
fortunate. A government-issued indictment accused many green movement
sympathizers of being pawns of America, Israel or Britain and seeking
to execute a velvet revolution. Most were sentenced to long prison
terms or execution.

Things were so bad, I doubted I would be
hearing from my estranged friend, particularly because the government
had stepped up its monitoring of electronic communications. But then
his season's greeting arrived, and I wasn't the only recipient. Some
even more radioactive addressees were openly listed in the e-mail. One
of them was a high-profile prisoner in Evin Prison, tried and found
guilty on a charge of espionage. Another was an American academic whose
name came up in a show-trial indictment as an intelligence ag... >>>

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