Monday, November 30, 2015

How this series was reported


This series is based on eight months of reporting, including U.S., Iranian and Republic of Georgia documents, e-mail messages, medical files, video, wiretaps and other digital media obtained by The Inquirer. It is also based on interviews with:

• Amir Hossein Ardebili; his wife Negine Sharifi, mother Zahra Ahkami and brother Afshin Ardebili; his lawyers, Edmund D. Lyons and Ross Reghabi.

• Assistant U.S. Attorney David L. Hall, U.S. Attorney David C. Weiss and former U.S. Attorney Colm Connolly, all of Wilmington.

• U.S Homeland Security/Immigration Customs Enforcement agents John Kelleghan, Andrew McLees, Clark Settles, Michael Ronayne and Patrick Lechleitner. Two ICE agents – “Darius” and “John Richards” – asked that their true names not be published because they still work undercover.

• Defense Criminal Investigative Service Special-Agent-in-Charge Edward T. Bradley.

• An Iranian diplomat in Washington spoke generally about the case but his government declined a formal interview.

In the interests of safety, Ardebili and the undercover ICE agents agreed to be interviewed only on the condition that certain details be omitted from this series.



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