Iran hawk Bolton admits receiving ‘tens of thousands of dollars’ from MKO
Former US national security advisor John Bolton has admitted to receiving tens of thousands of dollars from the anti-Iran terrorist cult of Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) at a time when the group was still a banned terrorist outfit and not removed from Washington’s blacklist.
In an interview with Al Jazeera's presenter Mehdi Hassan, the Iran hawk was asked to expound on his long-time animosity with the Islamic Republic as well as his relationship with the MKO, which has long been responsible for the death, assassination, and torture of thousands of Iranians.
“How much of your antipathy towards Iran is to do with geopolitics, and how much is to do with the fact that you have a long association with a group called MKO which was once a terrorist group banned by the state department while you worked there,” Hassan asked Bolton.
“You don’t mention that in your book; I looked in your book and there was no mention of the MKO. I think you took tens of thousands of dollars for several speeches. I just wonder how much that influences your policy on Iran?” the Al Jazeera's presenter queried.
The former US national security advisor adopted a confident posture and responded, “You know that I took tens of thousands of dollars for speeches in liberal universities in the United States.”
Bolton, however, tried to pass the buck by saying, “The fact is that [former US secretary of state] Hillary Clinton, perhaps someone you support, took the MKO off the US list of terrorist organizations.”
The answer by Bolton was swiftly rejected by Hassan, who argued that “She took it off in 2012 and you spoke with them in 2010 when they were still a banned group.”
While Bolton was still trying to conceal the fact, Hassan asserted that “you were in Paris speaking at an MKO rally in 2010 when they were still a banned group according to the State Department.”
The MKO has conducted many assassinations and bombings against Iranian officials and civilians since the 1979 victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. It notoriously sided with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during his 1980-88 war on Iran.
Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist assaults since the Revolution, about 12,000 fell victim to the MKO’s acts of terror.
The terrorist outfit was on the US list of terrorist organizations until 2012. Major European countries, including France, have also removed it from their blacklists. The anti-Iran terrorists enjoy freedom of activity in the US and Europe and even hold meetings with American and EU officials.