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LONDON – Iran is accused of trying to propel Lebanon into a conflict with Israel
by sponsoring a book which accuses the Jewish state of being behind 2005’s
assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
to a book, about to be published in English, it was Israel which carried out the
assassination using a missile manufactured in the United States.
Meyssan, the French-born author, is alleged to have been paid one million
dollars by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to write the book.
revelations come as heightened tensions in the region following a controversial
two-day visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
A tribunal backed
by the United Nations has been investigating the 2005 Beirut car bombing, which
claimed the lives of Hariri and 21 others, and is expected to lay the blame for
the killings at the door of Hizbullah.
According to a profile he has
posted on the business website LinkedIn, Meyssan is now residing in Beirut, but
the 53-year-old has spent half of the last year researching the book in
Titled L’effroyable Imposture II (The Big Lie 2), it is a followup
to his 2002 book 9/11: The Big Lie, which claimed that the 9/11 attacks were
carried out by a rogue element within the US military.
fury within the US Senate by insisting that the Pentagon was hit by a US
missile, and not American Airlines Flight 77. In 2005, the US State Department
took the unprecedented step of identifying him as someone who was actively
promoting misinformation about America, saying he was persona non
The book, which spawned a whole host of conspiracy theories, was
translated into 26 languages, becoming a bestseller in the
Meyssan’s new book details what he claims is a cover up between
Israel and America designed to hide the fact that they jointly carried out the
assassination of Hariri.
He had hoped to keep its publication secret
until a launch in Beirut later this month but leaks have already been appearing
on various websites in the US and Lebanon.
According to a blogger on the
9/11 conspiracy website TruthAction.org, Meyssan is using evidence provided to
him by Hizbullah showing that an Israeli drone was tracking Hariri long before
Hizbullah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah held a press
conference in Beirut in August in which he claimed his scientists had hacked
into the electronic data on the drone and been able to reproduce photographs it
took of the former prime minister’s movements.
The French author’s
reported association with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards is intriguing. Set up
shortly after the 1979 Iranian revolution, several former members of the Guards
now have posts in Ahmadinejad’s cabinet.
More pertinently, the Guards
also control a third of Iran’s economy through a series of subsidiaries and
trusts. This already substantial stake is reported to have increased recently
with the purchase of a majority stake in the country’s main telecommunications
California-based Jim Hoffman, who created a number of 9/11
conspiracy websites, this week warned anyone reading Meyssan’s book to be
extremely wary of his claims.
“When I first looked into it [September
11], I was swept up towards his way of thinking, the lack of debris around the
Pentagon after the attack there and so forth,” Hoffman said. “But after reading
his book, I looked into the actual evidence myself. I found a side story that is
based on salacious assumptions and unscientific evidence.
“What he did
was very damaging for legitimate attempts to investigate the crime scene,
because it created this storm of nonsense basically.
“I will not be
reading this latest book for the same reason,” Hoffman said.
Ashley, who runs another 9/11 conspiracy website, said, “Maybe it is all just
talk, but the impression many of us had was that his role was to basically
spread the ‘no plane at the Pentagon’ hoax around the world, quickly and in many
languages, with resources no average political activist would ever have.”