The Secretary of State of the first Obama administration, John Kerry, allegedly leaked information to Iran about 200 Israeli operations in Syria.
In a leaked audio, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed that during the Obama administration, Kerry provided them with information on Israeli military movements despite the fact that Israel is one of the main allies of the United States.
Kerry, who currently sits on the National Security Council, had previously been accused of colluding with Iranian leaders to allegedly undermine the Trump administration.
In the leaked audio accessed by both The New York Times and other media outlets, the Iranian minister also spoke about the limitations of his power compared to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and referred to the Donald Trump administration’s targeting of General Qasem Soleimani.
“It was former US Foreign Secretary John Kerry who told me Israel had launched more than 200 attacks on Iranian forces in Syria,” the Iranian minister revealed in the audio.
After the leak became public, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh did not question the authenticity and said that it is a fragment of an interview Zarif gave.
It should be recalled that in May 2019, when Trump was in the presidency he accused John Kerry of violating federal law by siding with Iran.
Trump said that even when Kerry was no longer serving as a U.S. official, he was meeting with Iranian leaders and telling them what to do.
“He’s talking to Iran and has been — has many meetings and many phone calls, and he’s telling them what to do. That is a total violation of the Logan Act,” Trump said in 2019.
Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Nikki Haley, expressed her displeasure on Twitter, calling on Kerry to answer why he would be aiding Iran, “the number one sponsor of terror, while stabbing one of our biggest partners, Israel, in the back.”
For her part, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, (R-NY), called for an official investigation of Kerry for Zarif’s statement, and further called for his removal from “any government or advisory position.”
Is John Kerry Iran’s mole?
Other reactions to the news were not long in coming, an article by David Harsanyi published by National Review called John Kerry the “enemy of Israel” after it became known that he privileged Iran with information from Israel.
Harsanyi criticizes that Kerry, as a high-ranking American official, felt comfortable sharing privileged information to Iran which is one of the main enemies of Israel and the United States.
Harsanyi reminds that Iran is a regime that has murdered hundreds of Americans, kidnapped them, and has also been able to interfere in elections.
Josh Hammer, Newsweek opinion editor and research fellow at the Edmund Burke Foundation wrote for the New York Post that Kerry would be on the verge of crossing the line into treason against the United States after it became known that the official disclosed information to one of the country’s top enemies.
” The man who was then serving as America’s leading diplomat on the global stage betrayed our Israeli allies with reckless abandon, opting instead to buttress a rogue jihadist state and its barbarous Syrian satrapy,” Hammer notes.
An article published in Israel Noticias also called Kerry “Iran’s mole.”
It remains to be seen what other revelations will come to light about Kerry’s close relationship with Iran and whether the insider information he came to leak was part of the consensuses to achieve the failed 2015 nuclear deal.