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Iran Arrests 8 British Embassy Staff

From an approving Reuters:

Iranian riot policemen stand guard outside the British embassy in Tehran on June 15.

Iran detains local British embassy staff

By Fredrik Dahl

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran has detained several local British embassy staff, sparking a new row with Britain on Sunday that underscored the hardline leadership’s effort to blame post-election unrest on foreign powers, not popular anger.

Britain called the action "harassment and intimidation" and demanded the release of all the embassy employees still held…

Khamenei on June 19 called Britain the "most treacherous" of Iran’s enemies, which he accused of orchestrating the unprecedented outpouring of protest after the June 12 poll…

The authorities, while taking tough action to snuff out any embers of protest, have repeatedly accused Britain and the United States of inciting the turmoil. Both countries deny it.

"Eight local employees at the British embassy who had a considerable role in recent unrest were taken into custody," the semi-official Fars news agency said, without saying when.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said about nine employees had been detained, but some had been freed.

"We are still concerned about a number of them who to our knowledge have not been released," he told reporters at an international conference in Corfu. "This is harassment and intimidation of a kind that is quite unacceptable."

"The idea that the British Embassy is somehow behind the demonstrations and protests that have been taking place in Tehran in recent weeks is wholly without foundation," he added.

The detentions further strained ties between London and Tehran. They have already expelled two of each other’s diplomats since the election…

Obviously Iran’s leaders are still crying out for a nice heart to heart sit down with the other nations of the world.

Without pre-conditions, of course.


From Iran’s Press TV:

Iran releases ‘some British Embassy staff’

Sun, 28 Jun 2009

Iran says certain members of the British Embassy staff in Tehran have been released after preliminary investigations but others will remain in custody.

"The British Embassy played a crucial role in the recent (post-election) unrest both through its local staff and via media," IRNA quoted Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’i as saying on Sunday.

"We have photos and videos of certain local employees of the British Embassy, who collected news about the protests," he added.

"The Embassy sent its local staff to rallies and inculcated ideas into the protestors and the society," said the minister…

The Iranians say “some,” while our Western watchdog media are saying “all.”

Whom to believe?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 28th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Iran Arrests 8 British Embassy Staff”

  1. jackrv says:

    Deja Vu and shades of Jimmy Carter


  2. proreason says:

    You have to wonder why they picked the British.

    But when you realize that The Moron is handing them nuclear weapons on a silver platter, you quickly realize that they certainly don’t want to rock the boat in the US and get the American people obesssing about something other than the death of the world’s most famous pedophile.

    • Steve says:

      “You have to wonder why they picked the British.”

      The US doesn’t have diplomatic relations with Iran, so we have no embassy personnel to kidnap.

      (Once bitten, twice shy.)

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    And the answer to the dilemma is:


    Copy and paste and have some fun! It’s great!

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    S’pose some of the libs that bought ambassadorships .. ooops .. were appointed as ambassadors .. are re-thinking the reward .. ooops again .. assignment?

  5. canary says:

    It will be intersting to hear what Obomie says or doesn’t say about this. British might see his true colors.

  6. artboyusa says:

    “Quite unacceptable” says the boyish David Miliband (known over here as “Minibrain”) and that’s pretty strong language, quite. Remember the ferocious response from the UK when the Iranians kidnapped our sailors a couple of years back? Really taught those mullahs a lesson, huh? Huh? Gues they learned not to mess with old John Bull, huh?

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