Did a WikiLeaks document doom Iranian ‘Mossad agent’? (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By SAM SER 05/16/12)
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Leaked diplomatic cable apparently pointed to Majid Fashi, who was
hanged in Tehran on Tuesday for allegedly killing a nuclear scientist
WikiLeaks may have been responsible for exposing Majid Jamali Fashi,
the 24-year-old kickboxer who was hanged in Tehran on Tuesday morning
after “confessing” to assassinating a nuclear scientist on behalf of
Israel, a British media report said.
The Times of London reported Wednesday that a document from the US
Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, seemingly drew attention to Fashi. The
September 2009 US diplomatic document — identified by the code
09BAKU687 — quotes an Iranian source who was a licensed martial arts
coach and trainer as describing to his American contacts pressure
from the Iranian regime to train soldiers and militiamen in martial
Fashi was reportedly in Baku for an international martial arts
competition only days before the US Embassy document was written.
The suggestion is that the Iranian authorities identified Fashi as
someone who was in illicit contact with the West on the basis of the
document. He was arrested days after the publication of the document
by WikiLeaks in December of 2010 and charged with carrying out the
January 2010 assassination of nuclear scientist Masoud Ali-Mohammadi
on behalf of the Mossad.
The British report Wednesday quotes a UK academic, Birmingham
University professor Scott Lucas, speculating that the diplomatic
cable may have been a critical piece of evidence or simply a pretext
on which to arrest Fashi. “It could have been used as a pretext
against him; to set him up as a person who could take the fall for
the assassination,” Lucas said.
There is nothing in the US document pertaining to Israel.
Iranian authorities claimed that Fashi admitted to travelling to Tel
Aviv for training from the Mossad and funding for the killing of Ali-
Tehran has complained to Baku about its close ties to Israel, saying
it suspected that Azerbaijan was allowing the Mossad to operate
against Iran from its territory. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 05/16/12)
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