Iranian national TV aired interviews with two American-Iranians being held in Iran's notorious Evin prison under suspicion of being involved in a US-backed plot to stage a revolution. The show, entitled "In the Name of Democracy," juxtaposed the interviews with footage of other popular uprisings—implying that the US has similar plans for Iran.
Haleh Esfandiari, a Woodrow Wilson Center scholar, said her "job was to identify lecturers through contacting Iranians in America or contacting Iranian intellectuals when visiting Iran. A network of these contacted speech-makers was created ... The main aim was to identify key figures ... and to connect them to the network." Washington said any broadcast confessions have no legitimacy.