Websites linked to the Iranian government appeared offline on Tuesday (22) with an on-screen message attributed to US officials. The text states that these pages were Overthrown by order of US security agencies.
Officially, the US government has not commented on the action. But a government source said on condition of anonymity that The decision comes as a retaliation from the US authorities for websites that “spread misinformation”.. Iran’s state agency IRNA said the blockade was ordered by the US government.
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Moments after the takedown, some sites went back online or opened new pages on other domains.
The coup in Iran was widely criticized: according to Reuters, the Iranian agency YJC – which is considered semi-official in relation to Tehran – said the action was attributed to the United States “indicating that Calls for freedom of expression are false.”
Some sites, although linked to Iran, are located in other countries, including Lebanon and the United Kingdom. Another portal was run by Houthis leaders, who are fighting a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
This isn’t the first time such an action has taken place: In October last year, US prosecutors ordered the overthrow of a network that, according to US officials, was used as a campaign tool by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. I went.
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Iran’s elected President Ibrahim Raisi during a news conference in Tehran on Monday (21) – Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP
The action by the US government comes less than a week after the Iranian presidential elections, which saw a victory for Ebrahim Raisi, considered ultra-conservative. At a news conference, the elected president said he did not intend to meet Joe Biden.
Elected with nearly 62 percent of the vote, the new president praised the “huge presence” of the Iranian population in polling stations “despite the psychological warfare waged by Iran’s enemies”. The election, however, was marked by a record absence.
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