Talks about why the US special envoy for Iran Robert Malley was dismissed from his job so out of the blue are growing as the White House is still refusing to clarify the issue.
The mysterious story of Robert Malley’s suspension from his job as the US special envoy for Iran began last month. It was on June 29 that the US State Department spokesman Matt Miller said Malley was on leave and is no longer working in the White House due to his security clearance issues.
A day later, Malley confirmed the news and issued a statement, saying: “I have been informed that my security clearance is under review. I have not been provided any further information, but I expect the investigation to be resolved favorably and soon. And in the meantime, I am on leave.”
But neither the State Department nor the White House has clarified the ambiguity over what exactly the security clearance issues might be.
What is now clear, however, is that Malley has been under investigations at least two months earlier in April, when the US Department of Diplomatic Security informed Malley that he was accused of gross negligence in maintaining confidential documents and that his credentials had been suspended. Malley’s office duties and confidential accesses were immediately cut off from that time and he was then placed on mandatory unpaid leave in late June.
However, some limited and unimportant duties of Malley, such as his relationship with the families of American prisoners in Iran, were kept untouched to make everything look normal and in this way, protect the issue from getting media coverage.
New info on Malley’s case, too bad for the US government if true!
The story of Malley’s suspension doesn’t end here. Different news sources are now revealing new information that for weeks before Malley was suspended from his job, he was having secret negotiations with unofficial Iranian negotiators.
This includes Malley having negotiations with one Iranian university professors in two separate times in the UAE. It was then that the 60-year-old US diplomat allegedly exposed some US top secret documents to the Iranian side, which if proven to be true, would surely be a MalleyGate of its own and can put the reputation of the whole Biden administration in grave danger.
But now, as the White House and the State Department are still refusing to shed light on the mysterious case of Robert Malley, Congressional Republicans want clarification on the matter.
Eighteen Republican senators have signed a letter to the State Department’s inspector general, asking him to review the suspension of Malley’s access to classified information and delivering them to Iranian negotiators, as well as to investigate the possibility of him accessing these documents even after going on mandatory leave since June.
What effect will the new information on Malley’s case have on the future of the US negotiations with Iran over the latter’s nuclear program? Will the negotiations fail and will the possibility of a military conflict in the region increase due to stalemate in the US-Iran nuke talks? So long as the official responsible bodies in the US government refuse to end rumors and tell the truth about Mally’s case, we will have no choice but to wait and see who can finally answer these questions.