WikiLeaks has denied any links between a leaked cable and Iran’s execution of an Iranian it accused earlier this year of being a Mossad spy and of assassinating scientist Masoud Alimohammadi with an explosive in January 2010.
Majid Jamali Fashi, a 24-year-old kickboxer, was hanged in Evin Prison on the charge of the killing.
WikiLeaks said that Arutz Sheva’s report two weeks ago, based on an article in a European newspaper, was incorrect in stating that Majid Jamali Fashi, a kickboxer who was in Azerbijan when the cable was sent, was arrested and executed as a result of being the source of a cable about Iran forcing martial arts experts to repress crowds, allegedly published by WikiLeaks.
The European newspaper had surmised that the information divulged in the cable led Iran to suspect Fashi's activities.
WikiLeaks stated, “The cable does not even mention Israel” and that the source of the information quoted in the cable was a martial arts coach - a Taekwondu expert - who was incorrectly identified by the European newspaper as Fashi.
“At no point have the Iranian authorities mentioned any U.S. embassy cable in connection with Fashi’s case,” it added..
Wikileaks also corrected reports of Fashi's arrest being almost immediately after the cable was made public. Fashi was arrested in January 2011, almost a month after WikiLeaks re-published the cable message. His sentence was handed down in August 2011, while the redacted cable was only publicized in September.
British Prof. Scott Lucas, the Iranian expert whose speculative article last August was a source for the media reports, has written a follow-up article complaining that his comments were misconstrued.
Lucas speculated that the diplomatic cable, while possibly serving as evidence for Iran’s arresting Fashi, also “could have been used as a pretext against him, to set him up as a person who could take the fall for the assassination.”
Reports that linked Fashi’s execution with the cable allegedly released by WikiLeaks were published on dozens of websites, some of which have, as had Arutz Sheva here, issued a correction based on WikiLeaks’ statements.