In the last column, Reza Kahlili was working for the CIA and living in the shadows. He says he discovered secret plans by Iranian terrorist cell groups in the U.S. and Europe to plant suitcase bombs, “the worst in human history,” and then they will “hide in a bunker.” Iran has said recently, “The time has come for the disappearance of the West and the Zionist regime, which are two dark spots in the present era, from the face of the universe.”
The Islamic leaders believe their messiah (Mahdi) will appear in the midst of tribulation and chaos and they intend to introduce that chaos themselves, creating the environment for the reappearance of Mahdi by leading Iran to destroy Israel.
At an engagement with the National Press Club; Pictured with Reza Kahlili (in his public speaking disguise) is Larry Klayman (on left), founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch. Klayman is known for his strong public interest advocacy and the furtherance of ethics in government.
And now, the rest of the story . . . Soon after the overthrow of the Iranian Shah in 1979, Kahlili discovered the tyrannical ayatollah Khomeini was bent on taking Iran back to the dark age of religious fundamentalism, causing his fellow countrymen to turn on each other. He personally witnessed atrocities at Evin Prison which shook him to his very core. A disillusioned Reza embarked on a mission that would change his life forever. He returned to America and emerged as a spy for the CIA. Counterintelligence, coded communications, escape tactics and evasion, dominated his new life. He risked exposure on a daily bases. After several close calls, he left Iran. His CIA work continued in Europe for a few more years before he and his family finally moved to the United States.
After the 9/11 attacks in New York, Reza Kahlili activated a handful of his sources in Iran and acts as an informant for the CIA. He continues as a vocal activist for a free Iran and works toward ending ayatollah Khomeini’s Muslim regime in Iran. He has written several articles for various media expressing his opinions and occasionally lectures and speaks at different government “think tanks.”
Kahlili rarely leaves home, “my bunker,” he jokes. Reza Kahlili shuns social situations.
Reza Kahlili has written a book, “A Time to Betray.” David Ignatius wrote the review for the Washington Post, and said, “A current U.S. government official did vouch for Kahlili’s role as a spy.” Ignatius added, “I can’t confirm every jot and title in the book,” the official told Ignatius, “but he did have a relationship with U.S. intelligence.”
“A Time to Betray” was announced the Winner of the 2011 International Book Awards in two categories of: Autobiography/Memoirs and Best New Non-Fiction.
Reza’s mother in Iran rebuked him because he worked for the Islamic regime she hated. Mr. Kahlili was never able to tell his mother the truth. She died without knowing her son was really working for America’s CIA.
Reza Kahlili’s children don’t know anything about his background. His Iranian wife was unaware of his spying for years, and was deeply hurt, angry and terrified when he finally told her.
“It took a long time for that to heal, and for her to understand why I did it,” Kahlili says. Though his wife is pleased that he has publicized Iran’s human rights abuses, he says, she has begged him to go back into hiding.
He is pained by regrets and admits, “I put my family in danger without giving it much thought. They didn’t know what I’d done, but they were in as much danger as I was.”