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Iran's State TV Claims Hackers Behind Antinuclear Poll

A screen shot of the poll in question on July 3A screen shot of the poll in question on July 3
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A screen shot of the poll in question on July 3
A screen shot of the poll in question on July 3
The website of Iran’s state television news channel says hackers are responsible for the results of its recent poll, in which the majority of respondents said they were in favor of the country halting its uranium-enrichment. 

As Persian Letters reported earlier this week, the poll on Irininew.ir found that more than 60 percent of respondents were in favor of Iran stopping its uranium-enrichment program in return for the gradual lifting of international sanctions.  

The government has long claimed that its sensitive nuclear program has widespread support among the country’s population.

The result has also attracted particular attention in that the poll was conducted by a government site that is thought to be visited mainly by government supporters and those who trust state media. 

In a July 4 statement, the website said it took down the poll after it came under attack by hackers from "countries outside of Iran, including England," who allegedly manipulated the results.  The statement claimed that in reality, just 24 percent  of respondents had voted in favor of halting uranium-enrichment in return of the removal of sanctions, while 38 percent favored retaliatory measures against the West, such as closing the Strait of Hormuz, a key oil shipment route.

The statement also notes that several sites, including the BBC's Persian site, quickly posted screen grabs of the poll and accuses them of making false claims.

Responding to the apparent suggestion that it was behind the alleged hacking of the poll, the BBC said in a statement that such charges are "both ludicrous and completely false, and the BBC Persian Service stands by its reporting."

Beyond its claim of hacking, the website has also sought to discredit the poll's result by alleging that only 2000 people participated.

“It’s clear how much credibility a poll has in which only 2000 people participated: It is by no means a reflection of the views of the whole society or even of a major part of the revolutionary population,” it said in a comment posted on its site. 

Aside from the results, offering the stoppage of uranium enrichment as an option in the poll was a surprise in itself. In recent years Iranian officials have promoted the slogan “Nuclear energy is our alienable right” at state events and ceremonies. 

--Golnaz Esfandiari
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by: آذر from: انگلیس
July 05, 2012 19:30
THIS IS TOTAL BOLLOCKS

by: Global citizen from: NZ
July 05, 2012 23:26
I have said it before and I'll say it again, Iran is sorrounded by puritanical takfiri wahabist Islamic sunni states whose hate and disdain for persians and shiites (or anyone of any other beleif system for that matter) is etched into hundreds years of history. These same sunnis who throw acid in face of woman, and want to take the world back to Quranic scripture of 700AC Arabia are now receiving multi billion dollar conventional arms deals from the US and other western allies not to mention technology to start their own nuclear ambitions. Thats not to even mention that India is openly and with help from USA, and in complete defiance of NPT which they are not signatories of, are expanding their military nuclear capacity.
The irrogant colonialist never have and never will back down on their crushing humilliating sanctions and as soon as Iran shows the slightest sign of weakness they will tighten the screws even more. The delusion that if Iran stops enrichment economic situation in Iran will change is just that, a far fetched dream. For 8 years Iran stopped enrichment, arrested Al Queda operatives, stopped weapon shipment to Hamas and not a single restriction was eased....If we bow humbly they'll will not bow back, they'll jump on our back and ride us for all we are worth. How does one deal with a bully at school? Do you keep giving your lunch money or do you go away learn karate and one day kick him in the balls?!!
This is not a foreing policy strategy that is of benefit to USA and we all know who its being driven by.
You realy wanna help Iran? stop backing and funding sunni rebels, stop backing Azeri and Kurdish sepratists, and stop the sanctions and hostilities towards Iran. Those are all reasons why the mullahs can continue to rule with such suffocating dictatorship. Everything that the US is doing is playing straight into their hands. It has made implementing any change and reforms from within impossible, as anyone who tries can be labelled a traitor or an foreign agent.
The recent embargo is nothing short of complete act of aggression and war and deserves retilliation.

by: NoName
July 06, 2012 13:42
Dear Golnaz,

it should mean "Nuclear energy is our inalienable right”.

by: Anonymous
July 06, 2012 16:40
Someobody's getting fired at the Iranian State Television.

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