CNN has a story "Ex-Iranian Agent: Photo Not Ahmadinejad" on its web site today (byline: Ali Akbar Dareini).
Some of the hostages taken at the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979 have stated that they believe that President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was among the Iranians who held them captive for over a year. Ahmadinejad has denied the claim.
Exiled former President Abholhassan Bani-Sadr claims that Ahmadinejad was involved after the initial capture of the Embassy, but that he was not one of the "decision-makers." Ahmadinejad initially opposed the hostage-taking, but changed his mind when Ayatollah Khomeini gave his approval.
Former secret agent Saeed Hajjarian attributed a compliment to the United States to Mr. Ahmadinejad:
Ahmadinejad believed that the great Satan [was] the Soviet Union and that America was the smaller Satan. — Saeed Hajjarian, July 2005Well, it's a good thing that George W. Bush is out there to defend our