Ahmadinejad Got Slapped for Siding With Protesters
Iranian president suggested more freedom would end riots
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2011 5:05 PM CST
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks with media during his press conference in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 29, 2010.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

(Newser) – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, not necessarily known as a big softy, took a surprisingly sympathetic stance toward the protesters then filling the streets to protest his election—and got slapped across the face for his trouble. Ahmadinejad, in a meeting with the Supreme National Security Council, said the people felt "suffocated" and suggested that relaxing limits on personal liberty and the press would help calm tensions. A Revolutionary Guard honcho slapped him one for his trouble, according to the February 11 cable released by WikiLeaks.

As the Huffington Post reports, Revolutionary Guard chief of staff Mohammed Ali Jafari berated Ahmadinejad, screaming, "You are wrong! It is YOU who created this mess! And now you say give more freedom to the press?!" Chaos ensued, and the meeting was ended, never to resume.

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Jan 3, 2011 7:38 PM CST
i think wtf should be a voting option.
Jan 3, 2011 5:42 PM CST
dontlikeyou: a fucking idiot! liberals lie? Assange is not known as a liberal. Here then is what the leak says: "¶3. (S) According to source, Ahmedinejad's statements infuriated Revolutionary Guard Chief of Staff Mohammed Ali Jafari, who exclaimed "You are wrong! (In fact) it is YOU who created this mess! And now you say give more freedom to the press?!" Source said that Jafarli then slapped Ahmedinejad in the face, causing an uproar and an immediate call for a break in the meeting, which was never resumed. Source said that SNSC did not meet again for another two weeks, after Ayatollah Janati succesfully acted as a "peacemaker" between Jafarli and Ahmedinejad. Source added that the break in the SNSC meeting, but not the slap that caused it, has made its way on to some Iranian blogs." now the leak claims A. got slapped so what the hell is idiot DLYl muttering about in his need to badmouth those who don't listen to Fox with him? Wise the hell up.By now all; know you are a dummy and full of crap.
Jan 3, 2011 5:19 PM CST
What is this, a soft side to Ahmadinejad. ?