'US, Israel use MKO to kill Iranian elites'‎

The anti-Iranian Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) paid immense bribes to top American ‎politicians to gain their support for delisting the group from the US terror watch list, a New York Times ‎report says.‎

According to the NY Times report, former CIA and FBI officials as well as retired generals and well-‎known members of both political parties in the US were among those supporting the terror group.‎

The revelation comes as US State Secretary Hillary Clinton officially de-listed the MKO from its terror ‎watch list on September ‎‏21‏‎.‎

The delisting comes as the group has been responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iranian civilians ‎and officials.‎

The terror group has also been involved in the suppression of Iraqi Kurds and assisted former Iraqi ‎dictator Saddam Hussein.‎

Furthermore, the group had for the last ‎‏15‏‎ years been formally described by the US State Department ‎as a "foreign terrorist organization.”‎

Nonetheless, conservative politicians in the US seek to portray the MKO terror group as a Democratic ‎option for Iran’s future, the report noted.‎

The NY Times article reaffirms that the support of prominent American politicians for the MKO ‎organization has undoubtedly played a role in the de-listing of the MKO organization as a terrorist ‎group.‎

Press TV has conducted an interview with Michael Maloof, former Pentagon official, to further discuss ‎the issue. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.‎

Press TV: Technically speaking, the US is de-listing the MKO as an organization but what about its ‎individuals, those who make up this organization? It seems whoever the head of the MKO exceopts as ‎member, will not be considered as a terrorist from now on even if he is the most wanted terrorist in ‎the world?‎

Maloof: Well that is correct and they are all off the hook as a consequence but even internally inside ‎the state department there was a consternation and concern about that. The MKO still does not ‎adhere to democratic principles and in fact they were involved very early on in killing Americans and ‎even launched terrorist attacks in United States in years past.‎

Now all of that has been wiped away, all of that is going to be overlooked. It really reflects the ‎possibility that United States and even Israel now is engaged in supporting the MKO not only in ‎assassinating Iranian nuclear scientist but it actually places those two countries on a level of supporting ‎terrorism as a consequence.‎

And I am really disturbed by it and I think the issue of de-listing them did not go without considerable ‎internal debate within the United States government.‎

Press TV: If this MKO organization is expelled from Iraq, how would the members seek asylum ‎elsewhere, politically speaking?‎

Maloof: Well that is going to be a good question. I am sure they are going to come under the ‎protection of the United States. They will be moved to safer areas in which the US might have some ‎jurisdiction and control.‎

But I think the delisting of the MKO is a very serious development and that this reflects something ‎more serious, it reflects the possibility that United States sees the MKO as a very strong internal ‎organization within Iran itself with the idea and with the goal of ultimately seeking regime change.‎

And I think that is precisely what the United States is looking for at this point not just trying to stop ‎Iran’s nuclear program but ultimately regime change and they are going to use the MKO and its ‎internal structure to do that and they have proven to be quite effective and the Israeli have certainly ‎used them to get right up next to Iranian nuclear scientist and I think that this is a very serious ‎development.‎

Press TV: Indeed and of course we know that the MKO has been involved in assassinating Iranians and ‎especially Iranian scientists but just how will they operate if they are expelled from Iraq, I mean ‎expelled from a country which is close to Iran, how will they operate from now on if they are distanced ‎from Iran?‎

Maloof: Well I think they still have contacts within the country. There is a network, they have an ‎incredible network and you actually have the spokesman for the MKO saying that now as a result of ‎being de-listed their next step is to go and seek regime change and that implies to me at least that ‎they have a network ready to go into effect and to do the US and Israeli bidding.‎

Press TV: And finally what political repercussions will this have for America despite the fact that we ‎know that the MKO had killed American officials in the past and of course especially this very critical ‎time, being the US elections?‎

Maloof: Well I think most Americans do not really follow this. They are going to follow the lead of the ‎United States government because they really have not followed the intricacies of the MKO history ‎but I think it shows a conflict in the overall US policy.‎

It is the same with us backing basically a terrorist group that remains a terrorist group because they still ‎intend to undertake terrorist activities within Iran but at the same time it shows that United States like ‎with Syria is backing opposition members, many of whom belong to al-Qaeda so we forget about ‎September ‎‏11‏th.‎

And I think that this really reflects a serious conflict in overall US policy in trying to fight terrorism and ‎joining with countries such as Iran and others who are opposed to terrorism in no matter what form.‎