WASHINGTON, D.C.- If this were an adviser to the Trump administration, it would be on every cable news channel 24/7 and leading the national news on the major networks for weeks.
However since it is a Biden lackey, all you hear are crickets. This is referring of course to the bombshell report that John Kerry revealed covert Israeli operations to Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif. The news was part of a recently leaked audio.
The audio shows that Kerry, when serving as Secretary of State in the Obama administration, informed Zarif of over 200 covert Israeli operations in Syria, Fox News and numerous news outlets reported.
This seems to confirm previous accusations that Kerry, then serving as a private citizen, had colluded with Iranian leaders to undermine the Trump administration.
Kerry is currently serving the Biden administration as a so-called “climate czar,” while also having a seat on the National Security Council.
Zarif claimed he was “shocked” by Kerry’s revelation, in which he was told that Israel had attacked Iranian targets in Syria over 200 times the leaked audio, obtained by the New York Times, said. Other outlets also obtained copies of the audio, including Iran International.
“It was former US Foreign Secretary [Secretary of State] John Kerry who told me Israel had launched more than 200 attacks on Iranian forces in Syria,” Zarif said.
The New York Post reported that Zarif made the comments during a March interview with an Iranian journalist. That interview was not supposed to be released until August, when current Iranian President Hassan Rouhani leaves office.
Zarif met with Kerry, as well as Obama’s Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz white Trump was president, which Kerry admitted to in 2018. Kerry and Moniz were key players in negotiating the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and other global powers, including the United States.
Kerry claimed the basis for the meeting was an attempt to salvage the nuclear agreement, which was scuttled by the Trump administration.
That meeting seemed to violate the Logan Act, which prevents private citizens from negotiating with foreign powers.
In fact, the current occupant of the White House, Joe Biden suggested when he was president that Lt. Col. Michael Flynn be investigated pursuant to that act for the Russia collusion hoax. The act, which has been in place for over 100 years has reportedly only been used once.
When it was disclosed that Kerry had met with Iran, he was slammed by President Trump, claiming he was conducting “shadow diplomacy” and noted that it was Obama administration officials who had gotten the U.S. into “this mess” in the first place.
“The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal shadow diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!” Trump posted on Twitter.
Days later, Trump removed the United States from the deal.
Kerry of course defended the deal at the time.
“I think every American would want every voice possible urging Iran to remain in compliance with the nuclear agreement that prevented a war,” he said in a statement.
“Secretary Kerry stays in touch with his former counterparts around the world just like every previous Secretary of State. Like America’s closes allies, he believes it is important that the nuclear agreement, which took the world years to negotiate, remain effective as countries focus on stability in the region.”
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At that time, President Trump accused Kerry, who once famously lied about his service in Vietnam, of violating federal law—the Logan Act—and said he should be prosecuted for it.
“You know, John Kerry speaks to them a lot. John Kerry tells them not to call. That’s a violation of the Logan Act and frankly he should be prosecuted on that,” Trump said at the time.
Kerry’s apparent divulging of sensitive information to Iran didn’t sit well with some people.
“John Kerry was ratting out Israeli covert operations in Syria directly to the Iranian foreign minister. Let that sink in. Wow,” wrote Noah Pollak of the foreign policy-focused Democratic Alliance Group on Twitter..
— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) April 26, 2021
Meanwhile, Gabriel Noronha, former special advisor for Iran at the State Department had this to say about Zarif and the leak:
“The main reason Zarif has survived as Foreign Minister for 8 years in Iran’s cutthroat political environment is that he serves as the ‘reasonable’ storefront to the world, protecting the more empowered radical elements of the regime from Western and press scrutiny,” he said in a statement.
“I think the leak was likely instigated by regime insiders who have long hated Zarif and tried to oust him—they oppose the current efforts to rejoin the JCPOA and also want to bolster domestic opposition to President Rouhani and his allies running for office in June.”
The release of Zarif’s comments set off a sea of criticism in Iran, where such statements are typically closely held since the political environment is considered to be “cutthroat” and where that environment also includes the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, which is ultimately overseen by the country’s supreme leader.
Zarif’s comments could also complicate upcoming talks in Vienna, aimed at finding a way for both the U.S. and Tehran to come into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.
There have been incidents of sabotage which targeted Iran’s nuclear facility at Natanz, as Iran has begun enriching small amounts of uranium up to 60% purity, closer to weapons grade levels.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh didn’t dispute the authenticity of the tape, and told journalists Monday that the recording was “selectively edited” and included only a portion of a seven-hour interview Zarif gave. He did not however dispute the tape’s authenticity.
The Daily Wire noted the timing of the leak was bad for the Biden administration, which has been aggressively trying to get Iran to re-engage with the nuke deal, despite overwhelming opposition from Israel.
The leak could impact Iran’s negotiating leverage with news that the Revolutionary Guard, designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization, calls the shots in Iran, news which will not be well received.
Tim Morrison, a national security expert who served on President Trump’s National Security Council and currently a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute told the Daily Wire earlier this year that the Biden administration was “giving up all leverage as it tried to restart the ‘dangerously flawed’ nuclear deal.”
“The Biden Administration is repeating the mistakes of the Obama Administration. It’s making concessions to get nothing more than a meeting. The Iran deal was dangerously flawed in 2015.
In2021, with key provisions expired, it’s simply national security malpractice to return to that deal. The Trump Administration bequeathed Biden tremendous leverage over Iran—it must not squander it.”
As expected, Biden’s State Department downplayed the revelations.
“This is purportedly leaked material. Can’t speak to the authenticity. Can’t speak to the accuracy of it. Can’t speak to any motives that may behind its dissemination,” wordsmith State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters Monday.
“If you go back and look at press reporting from the time, this certainly was not secret, and governments that were involved were speaking to this publicly on the record,” the Washington Examiner reported.
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