Iran Feature: If Supreme Leader is Dead, How Did He Speak to Environmental Activists on Sunday?
Twitter has been buzzing with rumors overnight that Iran’s Supreme Leader, who is likely to be suffering from prostate cancer, has died.
The Islamic Republic’s critics in the US are already offering their condolences, while blocking any notion of change after Ayatollah Khamenei:
Too bad he can't take it with him: Khamenei controls massive financial empire built on property seizures: http://t.co/c1JRZBTpIs
— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) March 5, 2015
Get ready for Supreme Leader Rafsanjani. Spin Alert: we're now going to hear about the "moderate" & "pragmatic" One. #Khamenei
— Mark Dubowitz (@mdubowitz) March 8, 2015
Only one problem: to paraphrase Mark Twain, “The reports of the death have been greatly exaggerated.”
Khamenei’s website and Twitter feed put out the news that the Supreme Leader addressed environmental activists on Sunday, celebrating Arbor Day and National Resources Week while taking potshots at the West:
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) March 8, 2015
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) March 7, 2015