So the media went crazy today as the story about Iran’s “Secret Service” opening up a website spread across the web like the flu.But it seems like they’re all missing the point.
Here are some headlines:
“Iran’s secret service launches website in bid to soften its image, connect with Iranian people” — Washington Post
“Iran’s Secret Service Launches Website” — ABC
And then the uber-hyperbolic, point-missing header from The Times of Israel declares, “In an unprecedented move, Iran’s secret service launches a website”
Since when is launching websites unprecedented? It’s 2012, not 1985.
Most of the stories then mention that the new website “trumpets” Iran’s intelligence successes against the West, that it’s an effort to “soften” the intelligence service’s image, and that notifying citizens of the locations of satellite secret service departments is considered “outreach.”
It’s not outreach, Iran is currently undergoing horrific currency crisis, and anti-establishment sentiment is running high. Indeed, civilians have staged protests for the first time since Iran’s last election.
Telling citizens where these departments are located ‘in case they have any information’ has nothing to do with ‘Iran trumpeting progress in it’s intelligence war with the west.’ One is domestic, and the other is foreign.
In a move Orwell would be proud of, Iran’s secret service agency is in all likelihood trying to get it’s loyalists to report anything they know about the anti-government movements.
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