Iran accused of giving nearly $5.5 million to left-wing populist party in Spain
Back in July 2005, then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said: “The message of the Revolution is global, and is not restricted to a specific place or time. Have no doubt…Allah willing, Islam will conquer what? It will conquer all the mountain tops of the world.”
No less an authority than the Ayatollah Khomeini had said from the beginning that the goals of that Revolution were global: “We shall export our revolution to the whole world. Until the cry ‘There is no god but Allah’ resounds over the whole world, there will be struggle.”
Iranian politician Mohsen Rezaei once told a cheering Iranian crowd: “We will build a force that will demolish the enemies of Islam, continue the path of our great prophet Muhammad, and raise the flag of Islam in all corners of the world.”
How to accomplish these global ambitions? One way is through Leftist useful idiots in the West.
“Probe: Spain’s ‘Podemos’ Party may have been given €5 million Euros by Iran regime,” by Lisa Daftari, Foreign Desk, January 12, 2016:
Spanish authorities are actively investigating rumors that Iran’s regime heavily financed the activities of the country’s Podemos political party, according to Spanish media sources.
The Union of Economic and Fiscal Delinquency, La Unidad de Delincuencia Económica y Fiscal (UDEF), an investigative arm of the country’s National Police has launched a detailed probe in determining whether the party accepted €5m Euros from Iran in exchange for influence in the country’s political and economic arenas, El Confidencial, a Spanish newspaper said….
Iglesias founded the left wing populist party in March 2014 in reaction to national protests against inequality and political corruption.
Podemos’ success is in part because of a combining of forces with left-wing nationalists and its promise to bring variety and plurality to Spain’s long-standing political system.
Iglesias, 36, who worked as an advisor to his ‘hero’ President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, currently hosts a TV talk show on Hispan TV, a channel funded by the Iranian government.
“Iran has had its tentacles in Spain for quite some time,” Joseph Humire, executive director of Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS) said.
“Iran has been busy building its legitimacy through its dedicated, state-owned Spanish broadcast network Hispan TV, and Iglesias from Podemos was Iran’s mouthpiece for Spain through his show on that network,” Humire said….
According to Spanish law, it is illegal for parties to receive political donations from foreign governments.