US NSA, Treasury involved in Intelsat ban on Iran media: Analyst

The US National Security Agency (NSA) and Treasury Department are linked to the latest decision by the giant satellite services provider Intelsat to take Iranian channels off the air, a political analyst tells Press TV.

“You also have the US Treasury Department and the NSA who have been involved in these illegal bans of free speech against Iran,” said Scott Rickard in a Monday interview.

He added that the US Office of Foreign Assets Control has been also directly involved in the current Intelsat ban.

Intelsat recently stopped the broadcast of Iranian channels under the pretext of the US sanctions against head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), Ezzatollah Zarghami.

“These are the actions taken by an imperialistic regime that is operating illegally against sovereign nations like Syria, Libya and Iran,” Rickard said.

The NSA has been hit with a scandal following revelations of its large-scale espionage activities against US citizens as well as other countries.

Press TV and other Iranian channels have come under an unprecedented wave of attacks by European governments and satellite companies since January 2012. They have been taken off the air in several Western countries, including Britain, France, Germany and Spain.

European satellite companies say they are complying with the anti-Iran sanctions. However, Michael Mann, a spokesman for the EU foreign policy chief, has told Press TV that the sanctions do not apply to Iranian media.

Press TV has learned that the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which is an agency of the US Treasury Department, is headed by an Ashkenazi Jew called Adam Szubin.

Michel de Rosen, the French-Israeli CEO of Europe’s satellite giant, Eutelsat, has written letters to several satellite companies, asking them to stop cooperating with Iranian channels.

The Israeli lobby in the United States has also publicly supported European attempts to shut down Press TV.

By Press TV


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