FAKE NEWS: Iran Did Not "Admit to Facilitating 9/11 Terror Attacks"Chris Menahan
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The Washington Free Beacon shared a false news report on Friday from the Saudi regime's propaganda outlet Al Arabiya claiming Iran "admitted to facilitating the 9/11 terror attacks."
They did nothing of the sort.
Mohammad-Javad Larijani, who is described as an international affairs assistant in the Iran's judiciary, paraphrased what was written in the 9/11 commission report about Iran's involvement in the 9/11 attacks on Iranian TV and the Free Beacon and others chopped off the beginning of his comments to make it seem like he was admitting to the claims made in the report.
Fortunately, the source for the claim, Al Arabiya, actually included the beginning of Larijani's comment so we can see how he was taken completely out of context.
According to Al Arabiya's own translation, Larijani said:
"The lengthy report of the 9/11 commission which was headed by figures like Lee Hamilton and others mentioned in pages 240 and 241, i.e. in two or three pages, queries Iran’s role in the issue (and said that) a group of reports stated that al-Qaeda members who wanted to go to Saudi Arabia and other countries like Afghanistan or others and who entered Iranian territories by land or by air asked the Iranian authorities not to stamp their passports (and told them) that if the Saudi government knows they've come to Iran, it will prosecute them.""The Americans took that as evidence of Iranian cooperation with al-Qaeda," Larijani goes on to say. "They also considered the plane that passed through Iranian airspace, which carried one of the pilots that carried out the attack as well as a Hezbollah military commander as evidence of direct cooperation with al-Qaeda through Lebanon's Hezbollah."
Larijani was paraphrasing the report, not "admitting Iran facilitated the attack" as the Free Beacon and other neocon outlets have claimed.
The Washington Free Beacon is run by neocon Bill Kristol's son-in-law Matthew Continetti and has been financed by pro-Israel billionaire and Republican mega-donor Paul Singer. The Free Beacon is best known for hiring Fusion GPS to take down candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 election.
Saudi Arabia's state propaganda mill Al Arabiya initially produced this report and blatantly misreported Larijani's comments as an admission of guilt, but were evidently too stupid to realize their own report could be easily debunked by merely reading the first part of Larijani's comments.
The Free Beacon, Breitbart, The Daily Caller and The Daily Wire helped them out by all cutting out Larijani's initial comments which made it clear that he's paraphrasing the 9/11 commission's report.
Here's how Free Beacon's Adam Kredo reported the story (most of the other outlets copied his report):
Iranian officials, in a first, have admitted to facilitating the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. by secretly aiding the free travel of al Qaeda operatives who eventually went on to fly commercial airliners into the Twin Towers in New York City, according to new remarks from a senior Iranian official.Note, that's the entire article and there is no mention of Larijani's initial comments making it clear he was paraphrasing from the 911 commission report.
This story is getting massive traction despite being verifiably false and may be used as an excuse to worsen US relations with Iran, or worse, as a pretext for war:
There is no solid evidence Iran facilitated the 911 attacks, though there is plenty implicating Saudi Arabia.
The so-called "fact-checkers" in the "liberal" media are all asleep at the wheel -- just as they were with the alleged chemical attack in Syria -- and have so far completely ignored this fake news report.
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