Bolton, Ledeen, Rubin: Don’t Believe the Spin on Iran’s Elections
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad casts his ballot in parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tehran on March 2, 2012. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)
March 5, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
Ambassador John Bolton and scholars Michael Ledeen and Michael Rubin tell LIGNET that the March 2 Iranian parliamentary elections appear to have been another exercise in corruption and will result in a continuation of hardline policies to advance Iran’s nuclear program, defying the international community and threatening security in the region.

Ledeen, a freedom scholar with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, wrote before the elections that the regime in Iran was worried about the outcome and that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s son was reportedly sent to meet with Mir Hossein Mousavi — the Green Movement opposition leader under house arrest who probably defeated Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the fraudulent 2009 presidential election — to strike some kind of a deal to support the outcome this year. According to Ledeen, Mousavi refused and relayed to the opposition through his children to boycott the election.

Comments or questions about this article? Click here to contact us.
Login or Create New Account
Email Address:
New to LIGNET? Create New Account
GET FREE Intelligence Reports

LIGNET provides you with actionable intelligence and in-depth analyses from seasoned insiders including senior CIA officials, presidential advisors, ambassadors, and more.

Sign Up for
FREE Intelligence Reports!
Join Now
Already have an account?
Click here to log in.

Join Now
Knowledge is Power
Only if You Access it!
Upgrade to a full access account and get the official CIA World Fact Book 2014 FREE!
Upgrade Now
FREE CIA World Factbook 2013
What is LIGNET?
Powered by Newsmax
LIGNET is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Langley Intelligence Group Network is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.