So immediately after it was announced the Chuck Hagel would be nominated to serve as Obama's Secretary of Defense, the New York Times reports that photos of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who was kidnapped while conducting a private investigation into cigarette smuggling ring, have been released by the family.
Sorry but it strains credulity to think that the timing of the photo release was coincidental, and wasn't calculated to hurt the Hagel nomination.
Oh and just FYI, those who accuse the Iranian government of being behind Levinson's kidnapping -- using nothing more than innuendo from anonymous sources -- have to yet explain what possible benefit Iran could obtain from this act, and why all the other Americans who travel to Iran aren't getting kidnapped by the same regime that issued Levinson his visa to come to Iran in the first place.
So lets see what's the evidence that the Iranian government had something to do with this:
U.S. operatives in Afghanistan managed to trace the cellphone used...
So probably Iran
It was sent from a cyber cafe in Pakistan..
All signs point to Iran
Pashtun people live primarily in Pakistan and Afghanistan..
just across Iran’s eastern border.
Fucking knew it: Iran
(hattip to anonymouse reddit commenter)