The Corner

Let the Revisionism Begin

Eli Lake broke a story today showing that the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) appears to have acted as a lobbyist for the Islamic Republic, in violation of its tax status and likely also in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Its staff seem to be abandoning the sinking ship. 

Until yesterday, Artin Afkhami listed himself as having two jobs: A blogger for the NIAC and a researcher for the New York Times. Here’s a google cache of his “Linked In” page.

Today Artin — who has fabricated quotes and refused correction — has erased all mention of his employment with NIAC. He simply wants the world to think he never worked for the organization as it was pursuing the Islamic Republic’s foreign-policy objectives with regard to sanctions and fighting concern over proliferation.

A couple thoughts:

1) Why did the New York Times employ someone simultaneously working at a political advocacy organization?

2) Let’s say Artin did not know what it appears his organization was doing. What does it say about the skill of a New York Times Iran analyst who does not know enough about the inner working of the Iranian regime to know with whom an organization he had joined and taken money from was working?

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.