Iranian hardliners ‘cooperated’ with individuals in the US to spread false information about now-sidelined Iran envoy, sources in Tehran tell Middle East Eye.

by MEE correspondent in Tehran, Middle East Eye

Hardliners in Iran opposed to a return of the 2015 nuclear deal cooperated with individuals in the United States to oust the US special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, sources with direct knowledge of the matter have told Middle East Eye.

Malley was leading the Biden administration’s efforts to revive the faltering deal before he was put on administrative leave in late June.

The former Obama-era official had helped craft the 2015 accord and, earlier in his career, was involved in former President Bill Clinton’s failed effort to broker peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Iran envoy Robert Malley stands with man in front of atomic symbol

However, on 29 June, after being inactive in his role for weeks, Malley was placed on unpaid leave.

He had told colleagues he was taking extended personal leave for unspecified family reasons, but his security clearance was suspended at some point earlier this year.

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