January 30 2021 — Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi has been arrested at his home in Watertown, Massachusetts. According to a criminal complaint unsealed on January 19 2021 in federal court in Brooklyn, Afrasiabi is charged with acting and conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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Kaveh L. Afrasiabi is an Iranian-American political scientist and author or co-author of several books on Iranian foreign policy, including Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Accord and Détente Since the Geneva Agreement of 2013; Iran Nuclear Accord and the Remaking of the Middle East (2018); and Trump and Iran: Containment to Confrontation (2020).
He has taught political science at the University of Tehran, Boston University, and Bentley University and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, University of California-Berkeley, Binghamton University, and the Center for Strategic Research, Tehran.
Is Kaveh Afrasiabi a secret agent of Iran? If he is, he must be a very bad one, for even William Burns — Joe Biden’s pick for CIA director — knows him quite well as they both worked on the Iran Nuclear Deal!
From 2004 to 2005, Kaveh Afrasiabi was an advisor to Iran’s nuclear negotiation team.
This information is in the public domain. You can could read it on the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists website. Quite a secret agent…
PS — A week before it was announced (Jan 11 2021) that Biden had picked William Burns to run the CIA, I predicted that the choice would be “all about Iran.” This was not exactly very hard to figure out. Obviously, some people have done all they could to make the next round of negotiations very difficult.
Political Scientist Author Charged With Acting As An Unregistered Agent Of The Iranian Government — US DoJ website
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi — Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Iran Nuclear Deal — US DoJ Charges Political Scientist Author With Acting As An Unregistered Agent Of The Iranian Government