More than a month ago, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) sent out a press release arguing that Congressional funding for democracy programs, Radio Free Europe, and Voice of America should be cut. Washington Post reporter Robin Wright turned their press release into an article the same day, never mentioning to her editors the fringe nature of the groups involved (the Green Party of Utah? Justice Through Music? World Can’t Wait, Drive Out the Bush Regime?)
In response, I penned this Washington Post op-ed, which I followed up last week here with these questions for NIAC head Trita Parsi.
Trita Parsi, you have since remained silent. You have yet to answer why NIAC told the Congressionally-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) that NIAC’s Endowment-funded civil society programs were a success, netting NIAC a couple hundred thousand dollars, all the while condemning all such programs as failures. Trita, you say NIAC is transparent. Keep your word. I pose the queries again:
Please clarify whether you mislead Congress in your letter and other representations to it, or mislead NED in your repeated applications for its money to support your Iran civil society training programs. Don’t take the New Republic strategy. The question isn’t going to fade away.