Iran’s Leader Orders Smear Campaign Probe

Iran’s supreme leader ordered the judiciary Tuesday to investigate the smear campaign against the losing candidate in last week’s presidential elections, but he steered blame toward the U.S., not followers of the hard-line winner.

The defeated candidate, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, has complained that he was the victim of “organized intervention” by Iran’s ruling hard-line hierarchy, which backed ultraconservative candidate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — the surprise winner of Friday’s runoff vote. Full Story

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