Spiegel Online
December 6, 2010

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Iran has its own special take on the diplomatic cables recently published by WikiLeaks. Presidential Advisor Esfandiar Rahim Mashai assumes that the United States government leaked the documents itself. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, he says that Washington’s goal is to play off the governments in the Middle East against one other.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Have you read what Washington’s ambassadors in your neighboring Arab countries write about Iran?

Esfandiar Rahim Mashai: I’ve been traveling a lot recently, so I haven’t had a chance yet. But our experts are examining the disclosures very intensively and have reported everything to me.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Are you surprised by the clarity with which some Gulf States, as well as Egypt, call upon the United States to stop Tehran’s nuclear ambitions?

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Mashai: These documents are not authentic. The national interests of the United States and its allies are behind this. They see the world through their eyes, pursue their own goals, and draw the conclusions that suit their purposes.

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