By Aaron Kesel
BuzzFeed News reports that a woman who was seen going viral in the #IraniansDetestSoleimani campaign on Twitter is actually an actress lobbyist, Saghar Erica Kasraie, who previously used to lobby for a Libyan militia. This comes on the heels of a new report which shows that the U.S. is involved in a covert tech program to aid the protests.
Kasraie is the modern century Nayirah al-Ṣabaḥ, using Twitter as the new form of media to go viral with a fake story of support. BuzzFeed did some deep digging and what they uncovered was that Kasraie had been featured as a registered lobbyist.
The video titled: “Truth From an Iranian,” which has amassed more than 10 million views across Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, is a fraud that is helping the hashtag “#IraniansDetestSoleimani” go viral.
In the video, Kasraie describes herself as an “Iranian activist,” she then goes on to express joy stating: “Iranians were celebrating Soleimani’s death, thanking Trump, and giving out cakes on the street as a symbol of their joy. I feel like we’re living in the Twilight Zone, guys. I’m completely outraged at this notion that the propaganda machine that is the media is glorifying Qassem Soleimani,” she says in the video.
BuzzFeed News reports that Kasraie previously worked “for Linden Government Solutions, a Texas-based lobbying firm hired to represent the Libyan National Army, a militia in the north African country led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, a former officer in Muammar al-Qaddafi’s government who spent much of the last two decades living in Virginia, during which time he worked with the CIA.”
The news outlet found public documents that were filed through the Foreign Agent Registration Act which showed she worked as a part-time lobbyist last year. Her lobbying activity was previously reported on by Al-Monitor.
Beyond that, Fox News described her as an adviser to the National Iranian Congress which is a dissident group with headquarters in Washington, DC. Absolutely no red flags there at all, if the above wasn’t enough!
For those not old enough to remember, Nayirah was a 15-year-old girl who falsely testified in front of Congress in October 1990. Nayirah claimed to be a refugee and hospital missionary of the maternity ward of Al Adan hospital in Kuwait City, stating she witnessed Iraqi soldiers steal the incubators and leave 312 infants to die. Shortly after was the launch of Operation Desert Storm by then President George Herbert Walker Bush. Nayirah lied about her identity; she was actually the daughter of Kuwait Ambassador to the United States at the time and member of the Kuwait royal family, Saud bin Nasir Al-Sabah. Nayirah had no connection to the hospital at all and, in fact, she was instructed on how to give her testimony by a U.S. public relations firm Hill and Knowlton.