As the Biden administration is still refusing to shed light on the many mysterious aspects of Robert Malley’s case, questions arise as maybe it was Israel who sold out Malley to prevent any potential nuclear deal between Iran and the US.
While many in and out of the US still have myriad of questions about why Robert Malley, the US special envoy for Iran, was suspended so out of the blue from his position, neither the White House nor the State Department has yet provided any clarification to any mysterious aspect of Malley’s case.
This deafening silence from the Biden administration has led rumors to spread in such an unbridled way that even Congress is now worried about potential lies and secrecies by the administration that can seriously damage US national security.
Rebuking the State Department for this very reason, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said earlier this July that leaking classified secrets to foreign adversaries would constitute a serious crime and cannot go unpunished.
“I can’t tell you how important this is because if he somehow, you know — worst-case scenario — transferred intelligence and secrets to our foreign nation adversaries … that would be treason in my view,” McCaul said in an interview with the CBS News on July 16.
Under pressure from Congress, the State Department finally gave the House Foreign Affairs Committee a classified briefing on this past Friday, weeks after the controversy erupted.
However, as a Foreign Affairs Committee spokesperson told the Washington Times on Tuesday that the State Department provided “no significant new information and did not explain why Mr. Malley’s security clearance was suspended”.
Refusing to comment on communications with Congress, a State Department spokesperson only said that the State Department’s deputy special envoy for Iran, Abram Paley, is leading the administration’s day-to-day Iran policy. He confirmed that Malley is still on leave but offered no further information due to what he called “privacy considerations”.
One of the strongest accusations against Robert Malley is that he had been leading secret talks with unofficial Iranian negotiators to move forward with the idea of finally concluding a nuclear agreement without briefing Congress. After all, he is considered one of the architects of the 2015 deal during the Obama administration.
Was Israel behind Malley’s suspension?
Since Joe Biden came to office three years before with a promise to revive the 2015 multinational accord, he has faced frustration and roadblocks at every turn to make the revival of the Iran nuclear deal a reality. Meanwhile, Iran has been ceaselessly ramping up its nuclear programs in ways that have worried Iran’s adversaries, especially Israel.
And now, as many sources have confirmed secret negotiations between Malley and Iranian negotiators, especially an Iranian university professor whose name is still a mystery, the new question is who sold out Malley so that he cannot complete his secret task of concluding a nuclear deal with Tehran.
Unlike other mysterious aspects of Malley’s case, however, answering this very question is not as difficult simply because there are few who truly benefit from stopping Malley to reach a deal with Iran.
Israel has always been worried about Iran having a nuclear program and several times in the past few decades, it has conducted attacks against nuclear sites in Iran to stop it.
It is therefore not unrealistic to hold the finger of accusations against Israel and believe that it was Israel who dismissed Malley and in this way, put the US national security at a huge risk. This seems reasonable especially since the ruling government in Israel is headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, one of the toughest enemies of Iran’s nuclear program.
Was Israel really behind Malley’s suspension? Will the Biden administration finally open its mouth to speak about Malley’s case and put an end to questions in this regard that are only growing day by day? Time will tell.