The United States on Tuesday charged a renowned Iran expert with being an Iranian government agent.
Lotfolah Kaveh Afrasiabi was arrested at his home near Boston on Monday, the Department of Justice said in a statement.
He is accused of “acting and conspiring to act as an unregistered agent” of Tehran, the department said.
“For over a decade, Kaveh Afrasiabi pitched himself to Congress, journalists, and the American public as a neutral and objective expert on Iran,” said John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.
“However, all the while, Afrasiabi was actually a secret employee of the government of Iran and the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations (IMUN) who was being paid to spread their propaganda,” he added.
Kaveh Afrasiabi’s website says that he had taught at Boston University. He had also been a visiting scholar at Harvard 30 years ago and at Berkeley from 2000-2001.
Kaveh Afrasiabi has written numerous books, including on the Iran nuclear agreement, and has frequently been quoted by international media.
He is due to appear in a Boston court on Tuesday. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.