A White House statement on the Iranian elections praises the nation for it’s, so far, orderly electoral process. The White House says it “respects ghe voices of the Iranian people” and encourages Iran to step up to the plate and work on issues in freedom of assembly, censorship and internet freedom.
We have seen the announcement by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran that Hojjatoleslam Doctor Hassan Rouhani has been declared the winner of Iran’s presidential election. We respect the vote of the Iranian people and congratulate them for their participation in the political process, and their courage in making their voices heard. Yesterday’s election took place against the backdrop of a lack of transparency, censorship of the media, Internet, and text messages, and an intimidating security environment that limited freedom of expression and assembly. However, despite these government obstacles and limitations, the Iranian people were determined to act to shape their future.
It is our hope that the Iranian government will heed the will of the Iranian people and make responsible choices that create a better future for all Iranians. The United States remains ready to engage the Iranian government directly in order to reach a diplomatic solution that will fully address the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program. morehere
This is problematic considering the Obama is in the midst of an international legal brawl for the extradition of an outlaw whistleblower who is currently on the Chinese doorstep. We kind of lose credibility for “transparency” when we go after a whistleblower whose alleged goal was government transparency.