The campaign being waged by individuals who seem more concerned about covering up corruption and past failures than working on behalf of the American people should outrage every American citizen. In particular, the personal and false attacks launched against Mora Namdar and other members of my staff working to advance freedom and human rights are totally without merit.
Ms. Namdar is a patriotic public servant. She chose to serve the American people as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, and now at the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM). She is the child of Iranian immigrants, and she has spent a great deal of her career dedicated to protecting U.S. national security interests and promoting human rights at home and abroad.
The attempts of those with money and power to disparage her are transparent, weak, and without merit. I am lucky to have Ms. Namdar on my team. USAGM and the American people are also fortunate to benefit from her dedication, passion, and expertise.
One can only surmise that OTF’s desire to foment scandal is to distract from its numerous serious lapses and unwillingness to be transparent about its activities.
My staff and I will continue to aggressively defend U.S. national security interests and fulfill the important mission of the agency. OTF’s attacks are not only upon individual civil servants, but also upon the very institutions of the federal government that exist to serve and protect Americans.
My team and I have a duty to advance freedom and democracy. We will not be deterred by attempts, ideological and otherwise, to harass and slander us in the press and elsewhere.
Chief Executive Officer
U.S. Agency for Global Media