DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2009
Millions of sympathizers around the world looked forward to seeing Iran's protest movement using the Internet for the first online coup in history. Instead, the Iranian Islamic regime turned the tables: Its Internet police, arguably the largest in the world, pushed "control," "halt," "delete" and "send" buttons to activate a deadly weapon for suppressing the movement, as soon as it took to the streets to protest the June 12 election which was believed to have given Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a false victory.
By Sunday, June 28, when the Guardian Council was to hand down its final verdict on their complaints, the street rallies had petered out.
Part of the reason, debkafile's intelligence sources report, was their organizers' heavy reliance on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and other social sites to orchestrate their protest movement. They did not at first appreciate that Iranian intelligence Internet experts, operating from secret headquarters established months ago, were using their communications to shoot them down.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2009
Exposed here the first time are the seven secret prisons where opponents to the Iranian regime are subjected to murder, rape, broken bones and other savage abuses. The infamous Kahrizak prison on the southern outskirts of Tehran was not shut down to conceal the atrocities perpetrated there as reported. Read the debkafile Exclusive Report below for details about Iran's "special" prisons.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2009
On Aug. 5, the day of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's inauguration as president, Tehran officials said they could not confirm or deny Iran was holding three American journalists detained on July 31 while crossing from Iraq into Iran on the Kurdistan border. According to debkafile's Iranian sources, Tehran is preparing to claim the three captives, Jewish Americans, are Israeli spies, arousing fears in Washington and Tehran that the newly elected president plans to use his captives as a stick to humiliate the Obama administration and force an apology for the way it treated him.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2009
An unusual number of empty seats in the Iranian parliament greeted Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's swearing-in for a second term as president Wednesday, Aug. 5, indicating a broad boycott by the opposition and their supporters. Outside, hundreds of protesters faced large contingents of riot police. Ahmadinejad criticized "foreign powers" for casting doubt on the validity of his election and vowed to resist them.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 26, 2009
debkafile's military sources reveal that Iran is in the last stages of construction of a nuclear test site in the Kavir Lut desert between Tehran and its eastern border with Afghanistan. The work is managed by the Iranian experts invited to attend North Korea's nuclear test this year.
Two diplomats attached to the UN nuclear watchdog agency in Vienna confirmed to AP Saturday July 18 that Iran now has the means to test a weapon within six months.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 26, 2009
Iran has posted a new package of "proposals" to the West in response to its offer of engagement on Tehran's nuclear activities. Foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said the "comprehensive and updated" package aims to prepare the ground for more "fluid interaction" with the West. "But we cannot speak of a Middle East without nuclear weapons without discussing the more than 200 nuclear warheads of the Zionist regime Israel," said the foreign ministry spokesman in Tehran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2009
Iran is racing ahead in mass production of the accurate two-stage 2,000-kilometer range Sejil II ballistic missile powered with solid fuel, debkafile's military and Iranian sources report. Israel has entered the arms race by stepping up production of Arrow anti-missile systems.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 21, 2009
The former Iranian president, Hashemi Rafsanjani, broke his month-long silence on the violent street protests which erupted over allegations of fraud after Mahmoud Ahmadienjad's re-election on June 12.
In a tensely-awaited sermon at Tehran University, Friday, July 17, he called for the release of the hundreds of arrested protesters.
The prominent cleric said large numbers of Iranians still doubted the election result and something had to be done to allay those doubts.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2009
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, driven by a thirst for revenge, is preparing a wave of show trials, public confessions and executions to crush the opposition which dared to refute the legitimacy of his election. The West, especially the Obama administration, hoping the bloody crackdown was over, can forget about re-engaging Tehran in talks on the nuclear controversy any time soon, when Mir Hossein Mousavi and the reformist ex-president Mohammed Khatami are denounced for "acting as America's fifth column."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 13, 2009
Leaders of the industrialized nations failed to agree on tough measures, including sanctions, against Iran's drive for nuclear weapons in the first day of their three-day deliberations at the Italian town of l'Aquila, Wednesday, July 8. Russian opposition to condemning Iran left only an endorsement of the diplomatic track, which may have been directed more against an Israeli military option than Iran.
The next day, Tehran topped up its refusal to discuss its nuclear program with a sharp response to the mild G8 statement: "We shall not halt our nuclear program or retreat by a single step."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 7, 2009
Iran and Israel are each thinking about using the fallout of the domestic unrest in Tehran for attacking the other: Iran to flex muscle, Israel to strike a looming nuclear menace.
In our latest issue, out last Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly weighed the chances of a clash.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 6, 2009
Iran's opposition leaders relied heavily on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and other social sites to orchestrate their street rallies and expose regime repression. They did not appreciate at first that Iranian intelligence Internet experts were manipulating their electronic communications to shoot them down.
The United States has been alerted to seek new cyber defense systems to fight massive Internet invasions like the one Iran mounted to suppress its protest movement.
Read more about Iran's cyber war methods in debkafile Exclusive Report below.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2009
The Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck back Saturday, June 27, barely 24 hours after US president Barack Obama poured scorn on him and warned that "direct dialogue or diplomacy with Iran" would be "affected by the events of the last several weeks."
This time, the Iranian president included Europe in his verbal offensive against the US president over so-called interference in Tehran's internal affairs and threatened "decisive and harsh" punishment.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 30, 2009
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 26, 2009
Seeking to revive his flagging protest movement, opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi scheduled a demonstration for Wednesday afternoon, June 24, outside the Iranian parliament building on Baharestan Square. According to eye witnesses, several hundred demonstrators turned up and were brutally dispersed by Iranian security forces and arrests made Some said they opened fire on the crowd and one young woman was injured.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2009
Monday, June 22, the influential Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani proposed a foreign ministry review of Iran's relations with Britain over its "interference in Iran's recent post-election unrest," according to state media.
A Foreign Office spokesman then announced: "The ongoing violence has had a significant impact on the families of our staff who have been unable to carry on their lives as normal."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2009
Iran's top legislative body, the Guardians Council, has thrown out the opposition movement's demand for a new election to correct the allegedly forged results in the poll that re-elected president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on June 12. The decision followed the breakup Monday June 22 of a small demonstration in Tehran's Haf-e Tir Square of up to 1,000 protesters by riot police using tear gas. They were backed baton-wielding Basijj militiamen who mingled with the crowd in civilian clothes.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2009
In his first public appearance since the disputed presidential election of June 12, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the street rallies were used as the cover for Western "armed terrorist groups." The "street riots" are the wrong way and must stop, or else their leaders would be held responsible for the consequences.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 23, 2009
Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi raised the stakes in his confrontation with the regime, Saturday, June 20, as Tehran police and Basijj paramilitaries beat up protesters and fired shots and tear gas into the crowds who attempted to rally in defiance of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Friday and police threats of harsh reprisals. Tehran hospitals report 19 dead and scores injured. Other sources claim larger numbers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2009
Wednesday afternoon, June 17, armored convoys of Revolutionary Guard forces began rolling into Tehran from three directions to prevent supporters of the opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi assembling on the fifth day after the disputed presidential election, debkafile's Iranian sources report.
The confrontation between the regime and Iran's protest movement is closer than ever to a bloody climax. Thursday, June 18, may be critical.