““For the last two months, Google and Jigsaw have worked closely with FireEye on the influence operation linked to Iran that FireEye identified this week,” Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president of global affairs, announced in a blog post.”
“The researchers have connected Cobalt Dickens to the Iranian government and in March nine apparent members of the group were indicted for conducting a series of attacks on universities and companies on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The Mabna Institute, working as part of Cobalt Dickens, allegedly stole information from 76 universities across 21 countries, as well as 47 US and foreign private sector companies, including the US Department of Labor and the United Nations.”
“Iran’s crackdown on protesters could affect almost anyone in contact with them, thanks to a sophisticated internal police operation that routinely targets not only academics and dissidents but also those who have interacted with them — and even people only tangentially linked. ”
“American sanctions that will target oil exports from Iran starting in November are another risk. Concern is growing that U.S. President Donald Trump’s measures will curb the OPEC producer’s shipments at a time when production from another group member, Venezuela, is also dwindling in the midst of an economic meltdown. Both the producers are suppliers to China.
“A Christian couple have reported that a court in Boushehr has just sentenced them & 10 other Iranian Christians to one year in prison each for ‘Propagating against the Islamic Republic in favor of Christianity.’ This group of Christian converts were arrested on April 7th, 2015.”
If it was Obama’s idea, why has the media been pushing against Trump so hard?
“Now that the smoke has cleared from the NATO summit meeting, the most tangible result is apparent: President Trump advanced President Barack Obama’s initiative to keep the allies on track to shoulder a more equitable share of NATO’s costs. Mr. Trump even signed on to a tough statement directed at Russia. For once he saw eye to eye with his predecessor,” the Times wrote in its own editorial.
“Ultimately, the only way military force could stop Iran from going nuclear is if the US committed to a more or less indefinite war.
“To fulfill the stated objective of ensuring that Iran never acquires a nuclear bomb,” the Wilson Center report finds, “the U.S. would need to conduct a significantly expanded air and sea war over a prolonged period of time, likely several years.””
Then again… just one more threat from Iran and it could be over in 30 minutes…
“Despite its nuclear pact, Iran has continued to grow its uranium stockpiles and will soon be able to enrich the uranium.
Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, told state television that Iran imported 400 tons of “yellowcake uranium” since the 2015 nuclear agreement. Its stockpile now rests between 900 and 950 tons, the Associated Press reported this week.”