The New York Times reportedly obtained leaked audio in which Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he was shocked when then-Secretary of State John Kerry revealed to him that Israel had attacked Iranian targets in Syria more than 200 times.
Biden press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to comment when asked about the story, but Kerry called the allegations “unequivocally false” and insisted it never happened. There are also claims that this information had already been made public by that time.
Personally, I’m torn on what to believe. It wouldn’t be all that surprising to learn that Kerry was leaking confidential information about our ally Israel to Iran, considering an article in February in the Washington Times alleging that Kerry was working with Iran to undermine the Trump Administration, encouraging Iran to resist making any deals until the Democrats could get back in power. I said at the time that if that could be verified, we would finally have a clear-cut violation of the Logan Act. Of course, we’ll never see that test case because Biden got in, and Kerry is now safely flying around to climate change conferences on his private jet, lecturing us about the CO2 emissions from our barbecue grills.
On the other hand, considering this latest story came from the New York Times, that does increase my skepticism. Maybe they’re finally branching out and running fake news about Democrats, too.
Update on the “John Kerry Leaking To Iran” allegation: Kerry says it is unequivocally false and never happened, and his supporters add that when it happened, it was no big deal. Also, this is rightwing media fake news that came in the form of a quote from an Iranian official in the New York Times. Okay then, who else is convinced?