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Letter to Editor - The most credible explanation is Espionage! Response to: Why Roxana?
Sunday, 26 April 2009 06:11
by Zahir Ebrahim

April 23, 2009,

How does one tell where a native informant stops and a patsy starts?

It is easy to tell when one does not bring the perspectives of history to bear on current affairs, when one analyzes motivations and geopolitics without bringing to bear the agendas of the hectoring hegemons.

In response to this summary statement by Dr. Parsi to his article "Why Roxana?" on AFP: "But mindful of the Iranian Judiciary's handling of the case, the least credible explanation is that Saberi is a spy.", I would like to humbly reproduce below my letter to editor emailed to the UK Observer the moment their story appeared on April 18, 2009. I doubt if they will print it. To me, the most credible explanation is the prima facie one, that of Espionage!

The modern history of Iran is replete with the subversion by the Western hegemons. I am surprised Dr. Parsi omitted all of that while making his speculations above - from the CIA's disposal of Mossadeg in 1953 and the installation of the Shah to the terrorism of Jundallah inflicted upon the beleagured Iranian peoples today - is one long chain of subversion. Even the Westerners' own presses now replay it. For instance, see Bill Moyers "The Secret Government (CIA Overthrow of Mossadeq)".

I would ammend my last sentence in my letter reproduced below appropriately for my comment to Dr. Parsi's article by rephrasing it as follows: "Except perhaps the UK Observer and Dr. Trita Parsi."


Letter to Editor – Iran jails US journalist Roxana Saberi as spy

April 18, 2009, 10:30 PM PST

In ref. to the article in the Sunday Observer “Iran jails US journalist Roxana Saberi as spy”, the charge by Iran of espionage is not unbelievable. The following passages are excerpted from the memoirs of the Director of Pakistan's ISI. In his 1996 book “Profiles of Intelligence”, Brig. Tirmazi stated:

' - As soon as the PNA movement gathered momentum, a large number of foreigners, particularly Americans descended on Pakistan in the garb of freelance journalists, reporters, observers, and photographers to cover the events. These men and women loaded with cameras, tape recorders and money seemed to have done their home-work well and were also being fed locally by invisible sources. They all seemed to know the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of every one who was any one in politics. It would be interesting to note that, (thanks to our days of slavery, we still have not overcome the 'white skin' phobia) most of our politicians were not only always available to these manipulators but would actually feel elated on getting a call from them and would pour out whatever they had in their minds. Every day, we in the ISI received a flood of telegrams that these journalists would send home and it was surprising to know who all they were speaking to and what information and political analysis they received.


- All that was being sent out by these so-called foreign journalists, who were actually CIA operators, was being beamed back on Pakistan as psychological warfare and propaganda aimed at building up a scenario of ZAB's fall.

- A number of diplomats were not only actively involved but also directed the operations against ZAB. Jan M. Gibney, Political Officer, US Consulate General, Lahore, duly assisted by a couple of Pakistanis, was extremely active and would frequently visit a number of politicians. It was Gibney who had telephoned and conveyed to Howard B. Schaffer, Chief of Political Affairs, US Embassy, Islamabad, that notorious sentence, "The party is over. Merchandise has gone." ZAB had retorted by saying, "Party is not yet over. Elephant has long ears......" '

This is the reality of superpower espionage, covert-warfare ( http://tinyurl.com/67mf59 ), and all know it. Except perhaps the UK Observer.

Thank you.

Zahir Ebrahim

United States of America.
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