Journal: Iran brings Frenchwoman, embassy staff to trial, seeks to prove foreign funding of internal opposition

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By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press Writer2 hrs 42 mins ago

TEHRAN, Iran – A young French academic and local employees of the British and French embassies appeared before an Iranian judge Saturday along with dozens of opposition figures accused of involvement in the country’s postelection unrest.

The extraordinary mass trial in Tehran’s Revolutionary Court demonstrates the government’s resolve to discredit Iran‘s pro-reform movement as a tool of foreign countries — particularly Britain and the United States — trying to spark a revolution to topple Iran’s Islamic system.

Reuters – French language teaching assistant Clotilde Reiss (R) sits next to an Iranian policewoman and other defendants …
Reuters – French language teaching assistant Clotilde Reiss (R) sits next to an Iranian policewoman and other defendants …

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+++++++Phi Beta Iota Editorial Comment+++++++

CIA, and other foreign intelligence services, have been living immunity rather than cover for the past two decades.  It is not possible to do serious clandestine or covert operations out of official installations with foreign gate guards as well as foreign staff, certainly not in the cavalier fashion that CIA operates its Stations.  This has left the US, and evidently the French and British and perhaps other governments, very vulnerable to blowback and retaliation.  We’ve all been telling CIA, among others, that the New Rules for the New Craft of Intelligence came into effect no later than the year 2000, but CIA–and the White House–are still operating “Empire as Usual.”