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Iran invents WikiLeaks cable to smear human-rights probe

Iranian state-run news agencies and semi-official outlets are reporting on WikiLeaks cables that show that the UN human-rights investigator who is probing the Islamic Republic’s violations took bribes from Saudi Arabia. The only problem is that the cables are fabricated, The Guardian reports.

In what the newspaper calls “a concerted effort aimed at discrediting Ahmed Shaheed in the eyes of the general public,” the Iranian news outlets are quoting a cable that WikiLeaks, itself, denies having published.

The forged document, the report says, appears to be fabricated by digital editing of recently released Saudi diplomatic cables.

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