Ex Iran Pilot Claims Military Rife With Dissidents

PARIS (AP) - A one-time Iranian Air Force pilot seeking
political asylum in France, and armed with what he says is a
valuable list of contacts, says he intends to serve as a bridge
between military officers and resistance forces.

Behzad Masoumi Legwan claims dissent in Iran's military is

Masoumi's arrival in France was announced Nov. 10 by the
Europe-based Green Wave Iran movement, which says it helped him
come to Paris.

Masoumi said at a news conference Wednesday that he established
links with dissident military officers and can now be a bridge
between them and resistance forces.

He was purged in 2001 but says he had access to bases till 2007,
then escaped to Iraqi Kurdistan after June 2009 unrest.

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