I’m not a big fan of the American Iranian Council. I think they are a bit too much into self-promotion and don’t really reach out to the Iranian population in the US, which they claim to represent. That makes them shady in my book. But I will give them credit if the following is true. Apparently, they were influential in persuading Iran to free Ali Shakeri, one of the four Iranian-Americans who were imprisoned in Iran. Is this 100% true? I don’t know. But I do think Shakeri has some affiliation with AIC and AIC did have a meeting with Ahmadinejad while he was in New York (albeit after Shakeri was released). Nevertheless, something still sounds shady in all this.