Reza Kahlili Makes a Gaff on Iranian President
Reza Kahlili, a self-proclaimed former CIA, recently published an article in WND.com claiming that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was arrested and held for seven hours on Monday by the Revolutionary Guard and warned to keep his mouth shut about matters detrimental to the Islamic regime before he was released.
According to WMD, Ahmadinejad was allegedly told to back down with claims that the regime defrauded voters at the last general election and allegations of fraud against political rivals.
His alleged arrest came hours after a news outlet (Baztab news) reported that Ahmadinejad had threatened to release tapes proving that voters in the 2009 Iranian elections were defrauded.
According to report, Ahmadinejad warned associates that if his close confidant and a top adviser, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, was rejected as a candidate, then he would reveal tapes that will show the regime defrauded the voters in the 2009 presidential election.
After the investigations, Realiran concluded that the report is completely groundless based on the following four reasons:
1) The report claims that “after his visit to Tehran’s 26th international book fair on Monday, President Ahmadinejad was arrested and held before he was released back to his security team at Monday night.”
But, in fact, the Tehran International Book Fair was inaugurated on Tuesday by President Ahmadinejad:
2) The report claims that President Ahmadinejad held for seven hours and was released at 11:45 p.m. Monday.
However, President Ahmadinejad met on Monday evening with visiting secretary of Azerbaijan’s National Security Council Ramiz Mehdiyev. In other words, during the alleged period, Ahmadinejad was in a meeting with Azeri official.
3) The report claims that Ahmadinejad was questioned for hours in a meeting with several officials including Asghar Hejazi.
The report has called Hejazi as the head of intelligence at the supreme leader’s office. But, in fact, Hejazi is a close adviser of the supreme leader on cultural affairs.
4) The report claims that Ahmadinejad had threatened to release tapes proving that voters in the 2009 Iranian elections were defrauded.
However, the public-relations department of President Ahmadinejad’s office has denied that the president is in possession of an audio tape which reveals fraud in the 2009 presidential elections.
 Reza Kahlili, author of the award-winning book “A Time to Betray,” served in CIA Directorate of Operations, as a spy in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, counterterrorism expert; currently serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an advisory board to Congress and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI). He regularly appears in national and international media as an expert on Iran and counterterrorism in the Middle East.