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MEK Feeds Brian Hook Though Their Lobbyist Robert G. Joseph

Posted on: 2020/02/12

Lachlan Markay, The Daily Beast, February 12 2020:… Brian Hook, a senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the U.S. Special Representative for Iran, met on January 31 with Robert G. Joseph, a former senior State official who now represents the National Council of Resistance of Iran, according to a foreign agent filing that Joseph submitted to the Justice Department this week. The NCRI is the political arm of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran—commonly known by Farsi acronym, MEK—a group that seeks regime change in Iran and was on the U.S. government’s official list of foreign terrorist organizations until 2012. Joseph’s meeting with Hook came just a few weeks after a U.S. airstrike killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top military commander. The MEK had long seen Soleimani as one of Iran’s foremost villains. In a blog post hailing his death, the NCRI described him as “an infamous symbol of the regime’s intimidation and murder.” MEK Feeds Brian Hook Though Their Lobbyist Robert G. Joseph 

Trump Admin Walks Back Anti-MEK Memo

Posted on: 2020/01/14

Betsy Swan, Erin Banco, Asawin Suebsaeng, The Daily Beast, January 14 2020:… Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani—who the MEK hired to help it get off the U.S. list of foreign terrorist groups and who recently called the group “my MEK people”—welcomed the reversal. “[The MEK] is very supportive of a free…Iraq. It’s run by a great woman who is committed to ending suppression of women and in a non-nuclear Iran,” the president’s personal lawyer messaged The Daily Beast. “They were of great assistance to us during [the] Iraq invasion and are supported by a very non-partisan group of American former and present public officials.” Trump Admin Walks Back Anti-MEK Memo 

Disinformation Campaign Targeting John Bolton’s Family

Posted on: 2019/08/09

Lachlan Markay, Daily Beast, August 09 2019:… “John Bolton,” the “exclusive” article added, “is a fervent supporter of MKO terror group,” using one of several acronyms for the Mujahideen-e-Khalq organization, or MEK. Bolton has earned tens of thousands of dollars in speaking fees for appearances at MEK conferences. The MEK participated in the 1979 revolution which installed Iran’s theocratic government, but eventually sought exile in Iraq, where it carried out terrorist attacks in Iran on behalf of Saddam Hussein’s government. Disinformation Campaign Targeting John Bolton’s Family

Fake Tweets Put Israel in Bed With Iranian Terrorist Maryam Rajavi

Posted on: 2019/07/25

Lachlan Markay, The Daily Beast, July 25 2019:… the account had over 2,000 followers, including the verified profiles of several prominent Israeli journalists, the French ambassador in Israel, and the French embassy in Tel Aviv. A picture of the consul general visiting a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem was tweeted out around the same time as the MEK thread; a cursory search on Google brought up no other hits for the image, lending further credence to the account’s legitimacy. Israel in Bed With Iranian Terrorist Maryam Rajavi .