The regime is denying that Khamenei is dead or in a coma, but is failing to prove he is alive. He didn’t show himself at Friday prayers or any other event. One of my sources in Iran tell me that there are rumors spreading that Khamenei has died, but he had no way of confirming anything. The Iranian people are gearing up for major protests on November 4—if we don’t hear Khamenei react to them, then I think it’s safe to assume he is dead or in a coma.
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To try to prove that Khamenei is alive, the regime released photos of an alleged meeting he and Ahmadinejad had with the president of Senegal. But Michael Ledeen observes that the photos are of a previous meeting. In addition, the regime never previously said that Khamenei would attend the meeting, so that also casts doubt on the regime’s claims that the meeting occurred. This shows, at the least, that the regime is worried about these rumors and for whatever reason, can’t or won’t prove that Khamenei is alive, a very easy thing to do.
Ledeen also notes that he didn’t break the story about Khamenei’s possible status, and that a left-wing Iranian site did. We cannot prove that they have different sources though. AntiMullah.com, though, claims that their source was indeed different from Ledeen’s and they ran with the story at about the same time, so there were at least two sources reporting it at about the same time originally.
The Examiner also reports:
Al Arabiya notes that Khamenei’s website, as well as the websites of Iranian television and radio, have been shut down. Al Arabiya continues: “President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is reported to have met with Mojtaba Khamenei, a hard-line cleric and son of Khamenei, to discuss potential successors and speculate on who the Assembly of Experts, the body in charge of electing the Supreme Leader, would choose.”
Anti-Mullah.com reports that Ahmadinejad held a secret, high-level meeting at his Tehran palace last night between 9 and 11 PM, which included 7 members of the Assembly of Experts that decides who replaces Khamenei. The site claims that reports from Khamenei’s physicians were reviewed and the succession process was discussed after all non-leadership personnel were escorted out of the building.