Journalism in the Public Interest


Sebastian Rotella On Italian Arms Dealing To Iran

In a report published earlier this week, Sebastian Rotella reveals the details behind the Italian arms shipments to Iran.  Rotella’s vivid and human portrait shows the maneuvers the dealers made, the wide cast of characters involved (including Italian politicians and an Iranian journalist accused of being a spy) and the events that led to their downfall.

Rotella talks to Sharona Coutts about this report and offers insight into Iran’s arms procurement networks, the connected Italian business people who thought they could get away with it because of lax enforcement of trade rules, the amounts of money involved and whether the arms that were sold to Iran were used against American and European forces by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Listen to the podcast.

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Surprised to not hear any discussion of the points raised by Gareth Porter in this interview with The Real News Network:

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Also, why does Sebastian feel the US & international response is going to be based on the evidence? Generally the evidence is ignored or fabricated to advance agenda - see: Iraq War.

Especially given that the US gov’t is not a reliable source - a reality that Sebastian does not seem to acknowledge - why does the theories he explores not include the US creating/spinning this to justify preconceived actions against Iran? (Again, see Iraq War.)

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