August 6th, 2009
06:04 PM ET

Clinton says trial shows Iran 'is afraid of its own people'

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Iran's trial of more than 100 people who it has linked to post-election unrest is a "sign of weakness" and shows that the Islamic republic "is afraid of its own people," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN Thursday.

"It is a show trial, there's no doubt about it," Clinton told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in a wide-ranging interview to be broadcast on his "GPS" program Sunday.

"It demonstrates I think better than any of us could ever say that this Iranian leadership is afraid of their own people, and afraid of the truth and the facts coming out."

Clinton spoke to Zakaria during her visit to Africa.

Those on trial include Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari, who has dual citizenship in Iran and Canada, and Kian Tajbakhsh, an Iranian-American scholar. The trial, which began over the weekend, is scheduled to resume Saturday, according to Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency.

This week, the State Department issued a statement expressing deep concern for Tajbakhsh.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Hillary Clinton • Iran
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. mario

    so is Rush you probably mean

    August 7, 2009 at 6:31 am |
  2. Victoria Mathis

    Iran sees the future where this regime is dead in the water. Freedom must come to this counrty when the people in the street care so much about moving the counrty foward to a free brighter future. I have Iranian Frends living in this USA and they say their relitives want freedom desperatly. freedom for religious chocies and daily life.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:20 am |
  3. Aaron

    I think this is a ploy to show hilllary doing something when she is nothing but a disgrace to our nation as is every single politician under the influence of th clinton-bush-obama crime syndicate.

    Like any psychopath, she has to create a stirring statement about how the government of Iran is afraid of it's people when it should be her and the entire US financial system that should be afraid of 'we the people'

    It's almost as if her statement is arrogance saying that the people here in America are just fine, we agreed to be lied to whereas Iran had to do some hard line convincing...

    Why are Bill and Hill in the dumps of the known civilization, NK and Somalia? Oh yeah thats where they stole all of their money, when we as Americans find out what happened over the last 20 years it will be over... CNN should start reporting facts... we know whats up...

    August 6, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    A word to the wise in Washington: Take note of what is happening in Iran and don't make the same mistake with the American people. Let Iran be a lesson to you. You work for the people–not vice versa. This is a democracy, not a dictatorship.

    August 6, 2009 at 9:41 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    On the surface it doesn't appear that Iran has changed much since they took 40+ American hostage years ago – I feel for those in Iran who want democratic rule to prevail in the end because I do not feel that Iran has moved any closer to that goal in the last 20 years – the trial of the protesters certainly reflect that. I just hope we stay out of it and out of Iran. They don't us to rescue them – they need to rescue themselves.

    August 6, 2009 at 9:30 pm |
  6. Michael C. McHugh

    It's a fascist regime and I hope its own people are able to overthrow it at some point. I have no great interest in any diplomatic "dialogue" with them, and I doubt that they do with us. Our main goal should be to find some way to inflict maximum damage on that regime, but minimal damage on the democratic opposition.

    August 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  7. katherine

    so is Obama

    August 6, 2009 at 4:30 pm |