Monday, July 27, 2009

Iran: The Shakeup in Intelligence Ministry

"What does a man have to do to get a doctored report around here?"

This came in the mail, and the sender wishes to remain anonymous. 

Coup in the Intelligence Ministry

According to sources inside Iran, there has been a coup inside the Intelligence Ministry. It is said that during the days before the sacking of the Intelligence minister, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie, two vice-ministers and several experts in the ministry, up to senior management levels, were forced to resign or retire.

Based on reports sent to 'Freedom's Green Wave' [Moje Sabze Azadi], some 20 high ranking staff of the Intelligence Ministry were forced to resign after the elections, including two vice-ministers.

According to these reports, the real reason for the recent shakeup in the ministry was the report of the special team in the ministry working on the 'velvet revolution' file. The drafters of this report, after a review of all the files and re-interrogation of a number of the recent detainees, came to the conclusion that the accusations of efforts to foment a 'velvet revolution' were baseless.

The writers of the report, two copies of which were sent to the supreme leader and the president, have concluded that the series of events that followed the elections had no relation to any forces outside the country and, further, there had been no preparations for them in advance and had not even been foreseeable.

It is worth noting that Ahmadinejad's initial reaction to the Intelligence Ministry report was to hurry over to the ministry panic-stricken, and without holing any meetings with the minister or his vice-ministers, had called for a general meeting of the ministry workers, and, addressing them, saying: "I am very satisfied with the Sepah [Revolutionary Guards], but I am not satisfied with the Intelligence Ministry." He had also said: "The conspiracy of the enemy for a soft overthrow must be exposed, and I expect the Intelligence Ministry to be more active in this area." In a meeting some days later, Ahmadinejad had asked for the sacking of two vice-ministers, and had requested an investigation of others involved in the drafting of the ['velvet revolution'] report.

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