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Posted on 06/30/2005 2:37:13 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
The US says it is examining reports that Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took part in the 1979 hostage-taking at Tehran's US embassy.
Some of the former US hostages have said they recognise Mr Ahmadinejad as one of their captors.
But three Iranians involved in the action, as well as Mr Ahmadinejad's own staff, have denied that he took part.
Mohsen Mirdamadi, the hostage-takers' leader, told the BBC that the new president had not been there.
Another top student leader, Abbas Abdi, also denied the allegations as did Hamid Reza Jalaiepour, a third hostage-taker.
The BBC's Frances Harrison in Tehran says the three former students are now reformists who oppose hardliners like Mr Ahmadinejad, and would have no reason to hide his involvement now.
Photographs have appeared on the internet showing a young bearded man leading a blindfolded American hostage - alleging that this was Mr Ahmadinejad a quarter of a century ago.
But the man in the photograph appears much taller than Mr Ahmadinejad, and looks nothing like other pictures of him as a student which can be found on his website, Frances Harrison says.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the allegations should be taken seriously.
"I think the news reports and statements from several former American hostages raise many questions about his past," he said.
"We take them very seriously and we are looking into them to better understand the facts."
One former hostage said he was sure the man was Mr Ahmadinejad.
"This is the guy," retired army colonel Chuck Scott told AP news agency.
"There's no question about it. You could make him a blond and shave his whiskers, put him in a zoot suit and I'd still spot him."
Four other former hostages agreed with Mr Scott, but at least one disagrees.
A total of 52 US citizens were taken hostage after a group of young activists climbed over the embassy wall during the Islamic Revolution, which overthrew the Shah and brought Ayatollah Khomeini to power.
THIS picture shows it.
It's not the guy right holding the hostages arm. It's the guy to the far right.
I'll be damned you're right.
The media has be PURPOSEFULLY showing a cropped picture.
Anyone have a hotline to freepers with ping lists.
This needs to be spread around.
The new Iranian President is one of the hostage takers and the media has been showing a cropped picture that doesn't show it.
Hook it up!
Wednesday, 29th June 2005
London, Jun. 29 - Iran Focus has learnt that the photograph of Irans newly-elected president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, holding the arm of a blindfolded American hostage on the premises of the United States embassy in Tehran was taken by an Associated Press photographer in November 1979.
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They've got the wrong guy circled. It's the guy next to him.
Now wouldn't that be something!
I don't know what you mean.
I've never mastered this art of navigating this site.
No Ernest its the guy in the blazer with the dark turtle neck.
It's definitely not the guy holding the hostage's arm. But you're right, it may well be the other one, further to the viewer's right, who appears in another picture (shown on another thread) to have a very similar profile.
Question: was the one of the viewer's far right actually one of the hostage takers? Or was he a negotiator of some sort? We've got to make sure we've got our facts straight
You're joking, right?
Damn, I am good. I was 18 at the time and incensed enough to have that picture engrained in my mind. I told my wife as soon as I saw that guy that he was one of the original terrorists who took the hostages.
The hostages must be outraged. It brings back helpless memories of what we were then, a paper tiger.
You have to keep in perspective that it wasn't that we were made helpless by terrorists but by an actual country of terrorists...and we did little.
Thank God for Ronald Reagan - as he righted that ship.
You mean like when Time cropped out Protest Warriors to try to make them look like anti-Coulter protesters?
I still can't believe a bigger stink was not made of that.
In the photo above... the guy NEXT to the guy holding the hostages arm.
THAT'S the new President of Iran.
I'm sure of it.
He might have just been a planner, not actually ONE of the
The hairline of the guy in the turtle-neck matches better with the second photo in the BBC second picture,.
"It's not the guy right holding the hostages arm. It's the guy to the far right."
Wow, I think that you are right. The guy holding the arm of our guy is probably a straight nosed cousin.
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