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You have a friend
request from the Ayatollah

Fox News, by Lisa Daftari

Original Article

Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 12/18/2012 6:20:06 PM

Just when you thought it was strange for your mom to have Facebook; Imagine getting a friend request from Iran´s highest hard-line clerical leader. Ironically, the man who forbid an entire country to from visiting social-networking sites and even sentenced violators to death, Iran´s highest dictator and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has started his own community page encouraging visitors to follow "for regular updates and news." Khamenei started the page Dec. 13, which has photographs of the 73-year-old mullah and links to YouTube videos and Instagram pictures. The page currently has

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Pretty transparent move. First, the Pope tweets. Now, this "cleric." Guess which one will get you tracked by "Echelon?"

      


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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/10/2013 8:16:06 AM     Post Reply
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