National security journalist Shane Harris was just going about his normal day when he got the email. He assumed it was spam.
“Honestly,” he told me Monday, “I did think it was spam. It was addressed to me as ‘Sir Shane Harris.’”
When he looked closely, he realized he was being asked to submit a paper for an actual event in Iran. In fact, he was being recruited to assist Iranian government spies at a conference targeting “Zionist State Terrorism Against Iran.”
“I was shocked.”
Harris is a crack writer for The Daily Beast and a fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington. There’s no way his work could be seen as somehow shilling for the Iranians.
“So a state-sponsored propaganda jamboree propped up by Iranian diplomats and spies wanted me to publicly criticize U.S. Read more