I was reading an article about a US academic who was imprisoned and interrogated in Iran for “formenting a soft rebellion”and stumbled across a line that made me laugh for several minutes. 

In a statement carried by official state news outlets, the intelligence ministry claimed Mrs Esfandiari, 67, had admitted cooperating with the New York-based Soros Institute, run by the billionaire financier George Soros, who has funded opposition movements in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

“In the preliminary interrogations, she said the Soros centre in Iran had an unofficial communication network and was trying to develop and expand it to follow up its ‘soft revolution’ aims,” the statement said.

George Soros… Helping George Bush by toppling Iran’s government? That’s the most hilarious thing I’ve ever read. I think we can rule out the idea that Iran’s government has good intelligence on our politics.