…invited Iranians to attend conferences, offered them research projects, scholarships … and tried to lure influential elements and link them to decision-making centers in America. – Iranian TV
May 21, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Monday charged detained Iranian-American academic Haleh Esfandiari of seeking to topple the ruling Islamic establishment, state-run television reported.
Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, has been held at Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison since early May.
The 67-year-old woman came to Iran in December to visit her 93-year-old mother and was prevented from leaving the country when she tried to go home.
State TV said she and the Wilson Center were conspiring together to topple the government by setting up a network “against the sovereignty of the country. This is an American designed model with an attractive appearance that seeks the soft-toppling of the country.”