But Iran also spread money in Spain:
Podemos: Spain’s anti-corruption party ‘received illicit funding from Iran’. The El Confidencial news website claims the party received more than €5m through a Spanish TV station operated by an Iranian businessman and financed by the government in Tehran
According to the El Confidencial news website, the party received more than €5m (£3.8m) through a Spanish television station, Hispan TV, which is operated by an Iranian businessman, Mahmoud Alizadeh Azimi, and financed by the Iranian government.
The website alleges that the money was paid by the Iranian businessman through a series of different countries, and via inflated invoices issued by Podemos for appearances by Pablo Iglesias, the leader of the party. Mr Iglesias has served as the host of a political talk show, Fort Apache, which is broadcast on the station. Mr Iglesias said he would be delighted to speak to officials at the Udef about the matter.
[This is not the first time Podemos has been linked with shady business. Last August Brazil’s Veja reported on a Bolivian general’s allegation that Podemos was linked to Venezuela’s drug traffic through Hugo Chavez.]
Pablo Iglesias himself (link in Spanish) allegedly declared that he was receiving Iranian financing for his “Fort Apache” show, for the purpose of destabilizing Spain, as reported by Spain’s La Razón.
Which brings us to the news this week that
Certification by the International Atomic Energy Agency would allow Iran to immediately recoup some $100 billion in assets frozen overseas.
$100 billion is a lot of dough to spread around.
What could possibly go wrong?