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Pompeo Limits U.S. Links to Iranian Group Linked to Giuliani

  • Mujahedeen-e-Khalq had once paid Giuliani and Bolton
  • Diplomatic cable says outreach could prove ‘counterproductive’
Mike Pompeo on Jan. 7. 

Mike Pompeo on Jan. 7. 

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo ordered U.S. diplomats to limit any contact with Iranian opposition groups, including one that once hired Rudy Giuliani and paid thousands of dollars to former National Security Adviser John Bolton to speak at one of its rallies.

The directive about Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, its offshoot, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, and five other groups was delivered in a cable sent to all U.S. diplomatic outposts on Tuesday and obtained by Bloomberg News. It says meetings with the groups could jeopardize U.S. diplomacy with Iran.