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TOP IRANIAN PENTAGON AID KEEPS SECURITY CLEARANCE DESPITE CREDIBLE 'SPYING FOR TEHRAN' ACCUSATION



Daughter of Iranian military propagandist and friend to Former President Rouhani who helped shape inexplicable pro-Iran policy of the Obama/Biden Administration cleared notwithstanding well documented evidence of her pro-mullah affiliations.




Stop Iran Now

By Mary Kay Linge - NYP




Controversial Ariana Tabatabai and her father Javad Tabatabai (right), one of Iran’s foremost post-revolutionary legal and political thinkers until his death this year. He held a top post at Tehran University and was close to two Iranian presidents. A one-time officer in the Iranian military’s propaganda corps, Javad Tabatabai studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he developed a theory of Iranian supremacy and became deputy dean of the state-run Tehran University Law School after the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Then-Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was close to Javad Tabatabai and presented him with an award at a ceremony in 2019.


An Iranian-born Pentagon official is to keep her top-level security clearance despite being named as part of a covert influence campaign run by Tehran — and being called a “spy” by Republicans.


Ariane Tabatabai appeared to be a willing recruit in the covert influence operation run by Tehran’s Foreign Ministry, according to a trove of leaked files revealed last month by Semafor.

She was previously a key aide to the suspended Iran envoy Robert Malley, whose secret ties to Tehran sparked congressional uproar.


Since early 2022, Tabatabai has been chief of staff to the Pentagon’s assistant secretory of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, Christopher P. Maier.


Malley was quietly placed on unpaid leave in June for his alleged mishandling of “protected material.”


But the Pentagon will let Tabatabai, 38, keep her $153,434-a-year job, along with her top secret security clearance, the Washington Free Beacon reported.




Pictured: Tabatabai (circled) was in the United States’ negotiating team over the Iran nuclear deal in July 2021 when it held talks with the Russian side. @Amb_Ulyanov/X



Pictured: Tabatabai’s former boss, Robert Malley, has been suspended from his role as the Biden administration’s Iran envoy, with a new trove of emails suggesting he was part of a pressure campaign by Iran to get its way. AFP via Getty Images


“Ms. Tabatabai’s employment and clearance processes were carried out in accordance with all appropriate laws and policies,” Pentagon official Rheanne E. Wirkkala wrote to Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) last week.


Republicans reacted with fury to news that Tabatabai will keep her job — and her access to the Pentagon’s most sensitive secrets — and called her an Iranian “spy.”


Biden’s DoD is REFUSING to revoke the security clearance of an Iranian spy working at the Pentagon,” Ernst wrote on X. “More of POTUS’s appeasement strategy that has emboldened [Iran] & its proxies, like Hamas, & threatened our nat’l security.”


House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) said he may subpoena Tabatabai as part of his committee’s probe into Malley.



Pictured - Twitter Post: Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst called Tabatabai a "spy" in a message posted on X, formerly Twitter.Joni Ernst/ X



Pictured: Malley (circled) was part of the team, led by then-Secretary of State John Kerry, which negotiated the Iran nuclear deal. ZUMAPRESS.co

STOP IRAN NOW NOTE: The 2015 Iran Deal ("JCPOA") was the most disastrous foreign policy blunder in US history. It was of dubious legality and Constitutionality. It legitimized, enriched, emboldened and facilitated the nuclear ambitions of a regime which is hell bent on the destruction of Israel and the Israel. The Obama/Biden Administration systematically misled the American people and Congress about the JCPOA and to this day tries to retain the charade that the disastrous accord will prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Hamas which perpetrated the mass atrocities of 10/7 is a terrorist proxy of Iran.


A Pentagon official told The Post: “The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency has enrolled all Defense Department service members, civilians, and contractors with a security clearance in its continuous vetting program, which is a process that involves regularly reviewing a cleared individual’s background to ensure they continue to meet security clearance requirements and may continue to hold positions of trust.”


Tabatabai, 38, who was brought up in Tehran as the daughter of one of the country’s leading political thinkers, has openly argued that Iran is “too powerful to contain” — and has urged the United States to align with the Islamic republic and break its ties with Israel and the Gulf states, for America’s own good.


Her background and writings cast doubt on the wisdom of the Pentagon’s defense of the Iranian-born Tabatabai, whose Pentagon perch gives her access to America’s critical military intelligence.


Tabatabai, a US citizen born in Tehran, recalled Iran as “a country where one learns about hating ‘Zionists’ before being able to spell the word” in a 2014 Tumblr post, although she also claimed to not “want to have anything to do with any of that.”


Her father, political philosopher Javad Tabatabai, was one of Iran’s most celebrated thinkers before his death in February.


“My childhood … was dominated by politics,” she wrote.


A one-time officer in the Iranian military’s propaganda corps, Javad Tabatabai studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he developed a theory of Iranian supremacy and became deputy dean of the state-run Tehran University Law School after the 1979 Iranian Revolution.


When he was ousted in 1993, Tabatabai followed her father as he served as a visiting scholar in Germany, France and the US.


After graduating from SUNY Stony Brook in 2008, she returned to Iran, where her father had been inching back into the regime’s good graces.


He became an adviser to President Muhammad Khatami and was apparently close to President Hassan Rouhani, who presented him with an award in 2019.



Pictured: Then-Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was close to Tabatabai's father Javad Tabatabai and presented him with an award at a ceremony in 2019. Mehr News Agency/Creative Commons.


In 2014, less than a year into Rouhani’s first term, Tabatabai was one of three Western-based academics quietly invited by the Iranian Foreign Ministry to help form a secret influence group, the Iran Experts Initiative, the leaked documents said.


The IEI, organized by Mostafa Zahrani, head of the Iranian foreign ministry’s main think tank, aimed to boost public acceptance of then-US President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), via an aggressive media campaign.


At the time, Tabatabai was a perpetual student at age 29. She had earned a master’s degree from King’s College London but was still pursuing her PhD as a pre-doctoral fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.



Pictured: Iran’s nuclear centrifuges, two of which were inspected in June by its supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, were simply boosting civilian nuclear power plans, Tabatabai argued. via REUTERS


Within weeks of the IEI’s formation, Tabatabai apparently delivered — sending Zahrani articles she wrote in the Boston Globe and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in which she claimed that Iran needed nuclear capabilities not for weapons but for the “production of radioisotopes for medical purposes” and for “desalination, an energy-intensive process.”


Her goal, she explained to Zahrani, “was to show … that Iran should not be expected to reduce the number of its centrifuges” in the ongoing nuclear negotiations.


She scored face time with top Iranian officials, including then-Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, to glean quotes for a January 2015 paper she published in the journal International Affairs, a coup for a PhD candidate.


Meanwhile, documents show, she used her Harvard email address to seek Zahrani’s approval of her attendance at international conferences — and even to request his help as she crafted testimony to deliver to a US congressional hearing on the nuclear deal.


“I will bother you in the coming days,” she wrote — confiding that her task before the committee “will be a little difficult” because her fellow witnesses “do not have favorable views on Iran.”


“This is how recruited assets speak to their handling officers,” former CIA analyst Peter Theroux told Tablet magazine after reviewing the email chain.


As the IEI sought to sway public opinion, Tabatabai’s career zoomed.


She became a visiting assistant professor at Georgetown University, completed her PhD in war studies at King’s College London and established herself as a frequent guest on NPR, the BBC, Al Jazeera and more — apparently without ever disclosing her connection to the mullahs’ regime.


In a single week in April 2015, as the Iran deal neared completion, she published four articles in influential publications like Foreign Policy and sat for multiple interviews, much to the delight of her Tehran contacts,the emails show.


“With or without a deal, Iran is a force to be reckoned with in the Middle East,” she wrote in the National Interest in an analysis titled “Mission Impossible: Iran Is Too Powerful to Contain.”

Th“With or without a deal, Iran is a force to be reckoned with in the Middle East,” she wrote in the National Interest in an analysis titled “Mission Impossible: Iran Is Too Powerful to Contain.”

The IEI’s activities faded once the JCPOA was adopted on July 14, 2015, but Tabatabai continued to rise.


Over the next five years, she held prominent positions at a string of major universities and think tanks — and at each stop, she voiced her Iranian sympathies.


The balance of power is really what Iran has been seeking,” she insisted in November 2018, soon after former President Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA and imposed “maximum pressure” sanctions on Tehran.e IEI’s activities faded once the JCPOA was adopted on July 14, 2015, but Tabatabai continued to rise.


Over the next five years, she held prominent positions at a string of major universities and think tanks — and at each stop, she voiced her Iranian sympathies.

The balance of power is really what Iran has been seeking,” she insisted in November 2018, soon after former President Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA and imposed “maximum pressure” sanctions on Tehran.


In fact, she argued, Iran’s support of “non-state actors, terrorist groups, militias, insurgents” was all America’s fault.


Iran’s relationships with these players” — including Hamas and Hezbollah — “are largely shaped on Iran’s need to overcome isolation,” Tabatabai said at the Middle East Institute.


You know, we can’t ask Iran to give up all missile activity for the future,” she said in October 2019 at the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress.


Zones of possible agreement” might be found in the types of missiles Iran could agree to have, Tabatabai suggested — making no mention of the threat such weapons would pose to Israel, 1,100 miles (1,700 kilometers) from Iran’s border.


It’s clear that everyone wants a missile program, but it’s not clear how far these missiles should be able to go,” she continued. “The supreme leader has said 2,000 kilometers, others have said 5,000 … those are places to look and to think about.”







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