Why Does the U.S. Need Trolls to Make Its Iran Case? - GV Wire - Explore. Explain. Expose
Connect with us

Aggregation

Why Does the U.S. Need Trolls to Make Its Iran Case?

Published

on

Photo of Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Trump
Share with friends

This weekend, a new wrinkle was added to the ongoing saga about the information war over Iran policy: the stunning revelation that an online persona that was cited by the Trump administration to justify leaving the Iran nuclear deal is likely not a real person, after all.
On Sunday, the Intercept published an investigation into “Heshmat Alavi,” a rabid supporter of the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK), a controversial Iranian opposition group. Since 2014, he had amassed a large Twitter following, which he apparently leveraged to attract interest in freelance submissions.
But according to the Intercept report, it turns out Alavi, the self-proclaimed “Iranian activist with a passion for equal rights” who claims to be “in contact with sources that provide credible information about the mullahs’ regime in Tehran,” was a team of MEK members producing the content in Albania.

Read More →

Continue Reading
Advertisement GVwire