Who is Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert? Biography, Wiki
An Australian academic Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert jailed in an Iranian prison for 804 days on espionage charges has described her captors as “brainwashed and clumsy idiots”.
Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is “not well versed in security, geopolitics or counterintelligence”.
Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s Age
Her current age isn’t known yet.
She says Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is ‘blundering, brainwashed idiots’ after she was held for two years on false spy charges in the same prison as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
He also compared them to Johnny English, the goofy spy on the 2003 sitcom of the same name, adding that IRGC members were ‘brainwashed’.
The Islamic studies professor at the University of Melbourne traveled to Iran in August 2018 to attend a seminar on Shia Islam.
Why She Was Charged And Arrested?
But three weeks later, in September, she was arrested at Tehran airport on fabricated espionage charges as she tried to return home.
Speaking to the Telegraph about the IRGC, Dr. Moore-Gilbert: “Most of the time they’re wrong when they arrest innocent people based on brainwashing and conspiracy theories.”
The academic, who like Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was being held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison, also told the outlet that the feared IRGC was not “necessarily talented or qualified”.
Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert was sentenced to 10 years in prison, where she spent more than two years behind bars before finally being released in November 2020.
During her time of terror, she was subjected to dirty toilets, abuse from guards, and horrible food.
The spokeswoman also told the Telegraph that her interrogators accused her of working as a spy in the country prior to her arrival because a schedule got messed up early in her ordeal.
When she was arrested, Dr. Moore-Gilbert, who is also a cousin of Julian Assange, was attending a conference in Iran when an academic colleague and a subject she had interviewed for her research called her ‘suspicious’.
She was later tried and convicted and held in solitary confinement at Evin Prison. The Iranian authorities reportedly tried to recruit her as a spy in exchange for her release, but she refused.
Nick Warner, the head of Australia’s intelligence agency, successfully brokered a prison-for-liberty swap for Dr. Moore-Gilbert negotiated.
She was exchanged for three Iranian prisoners in Thailand, two of whom had been convicted in connection with the 2012 Bangkok bombing.
He is known to have spent months persuading officials at meetings and even social events to release the Thai prisoners whom the Iranian government describes as ‘businessmen’.
Australia’s ambassador to Thailand, Allan McKinnon, also pressured Thai officials to release the three Iranian terrorists in exchange for the university professor.
Dr. Moore-Gilbert has done research on revolutions in the Middle East, particularly in Bahrain.
To date, Iran has provided no evidence of its alleged crimes and the Australian government has dismissed them as “unfounded and politically motivated”.
When she was finally released from prison in November 2020, the researcher returned home to receive the shocking news that her Russian-Israeli husband had moved in with another woman.
Ruslan Hodorov’s new love interest was none other than Dr. Moore-Gilbert’s academic colleague and supervisor Dr. Kylie Baxter.
The couple had an affair while being held against her will thousands of miles away, but continued to press for her release from Australia.
Dr. Moore-Gilbert, “distressed and disappointed,” filed for divorce soon after arriving home and said last year that she was desperate to leave her ex-husband.
“I don’t care what you do, It’s none of my business… it’s my ex and I don’t care,” he told the Herald Sun.
In December 2020, Western and Israeli media claimed that Iran had launched a media disinformation campaign against Dr. Moore-Gilbert, “accusing him of colluding with a former Bahraini MP, Jasim Husain, to steal secrets for Israel.”
Iran accused Husain, Dr. of teaching Moore-Gilbert Arabic and Persian and of offering him help in spying on Shia exiles in Iran.
She described his grueling experiences in The Uncaged Sky, out this spring.
Some Quick Facts About Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert
- Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert called the IRGC ‘brainwashed dumb idiots’
- The academic was jailed in an Iranian prison for 804 days for espionage
- She was released in November 2020 after spending more than two years behind bars.
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