Disputed Letter Reports Victory by Mousavi

Possible forgery showing 'actual results' inflames protesters
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2009 9:25 AM CDT
Iranian filmmaker Marjane Satrapi, right, holds up the alleged true results of the recent Iranian elections during a media conference at the European Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday June 16, 2009.   (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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(Newser) – Among the propaganda coming from all sides in the Iranian election dispute, one letter stands out: a note from the interior minister to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, giving the "true" result of last Friday's vote. The letter acknowledges the Supreme Leader's "order" for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to win but shows Mir Hossein Mousavi winning, with a total that would have set up a runoff against fellow reformer Mehdi Karroubi. Real or fake, the document is circulating widely, the Independent reports.

Thousands of copies of the letter have circulated in Tehran, and in the European Parliament yesterday the Iranian filmmaker Marjane Satrapi flashed it as evidence of fraud. It seems unlikely that Karroubi would have done so well or that Ahmadinejad would have placed a distant third, but the letter has electrified the opposition, strengthening its claim that Mousavi was robbed of victory.