An Australian academic who spent 804 days in one of Iran’s harshest prisons over trumped-up espionage allegations has detailed abuse by an obsessive troll.
Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who was released by Iran in a prisoner exchange deal in November, was accused multiple times of being an Israeli agent by Tim Anderson, who was fired by the University of Sydney in 2019.
He labeled Ms. Moore-Gilbert in February as an “Israeli zealot”, claiming she had “military and leadership training in Israel” and the government and “war media” lied about her.
Kylie Moore-Gilbert (pictured above) spent more than two years behind bars in Iran after being incarcerated for espionage crimes
She was accused several times of being an Israeli agent by Tim Anderson, who was fired by the University of Sydney in 2019 in a campaign of harassment.
Mrs. Moore-Gilbert fired back at pro-Syrian activist Dr. Anderson, calling him an ‘Iran puppet and conspiracy theory zealot.’
Dr. Anderson met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad several times and is a well-known ‘anti-imperialist’ who often posts material in support of the Syrian regime on social media.
He has a lot to say about Dr. Moore-Gilbert on social media, suggesting that the espionage allegations were true despite being widely discredited.
Dr. Moore-Gilbert was in Iran to attend a seminar on Shia Islamic studies and was arrested by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as she prepared to board her flight back to Melbourne in September 2018.
She was previously married to a Russian-Israeli man, Ruslan Hodorov.
Dr. Anderson made and repeated claims, including that she helped organize “repeated terrorist killings,” and went on “missions” to spy on Iran’s nuclear program.
Dr. Anderson has met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad several times and is a well-known ‘anti-imperialist’ who often posts material in support of the Syrian regime on social media.
He labeled Ms. Moore-Gilbert in February as an ‘Israeli zealot’, claiming she had ‘military and leadership training in Israel’ and the government and ‘war media’ lied about her
On Saturday, Dr. Moore-Gilbert hit Dr. Anderson The Weekend Australian, as ‘a mouthpiece for these regimes’ that ‘did its job’ promoting them.
‘It is not only him; there are quite a few useful idiots in western countries who are happy to make a deal with these guys, ”she said.
“I honestly don’t see any logical explanation for his fixation on me, months after my release, he still tweeted about me the same propaganda stuff that was released by the regime.”
Dr. Gilbert-Moore would be Dr. Anderson on social media and some of his more ‘aggressive’ followers, who have also abused her.
He is followed by 30,000 Twitter accounts.
Dr. Anderson is a polarizing figure who was convicted of ordering the Sydney Hilton Hotel bombing in 1978, but was later acquitted.
He was fired from his teaching job at the University of Sydney in 2019 after showing students an image of a Nazi swastika on top of the Israeli flag.
The Australian academic was released in November after spending 804 days in various sloping prisons for trumped-up espionage charges.
Dr. Gilbert-Moore supported Dr. Anderson because his “anti-Semitic” comments should be “a flammable offense” in any workplace.
“As academics, we are charged with conducting research and teaching based on data and facts,” she said.
“The kind of stories this man is promoting do not seem to me to have been informed at all by any research basis or factual basis from which an academic would speak.”
Dr. Gilbert-Moore added that she believed Dr. Anderson’s listeners with Bashar al-Assad were “outrageous.”
Dr. Anderson denied being a troll, but tweeted about Dr. Gilbert-Moore “because the corporate media, including The Australian, has put forward this false argument that there was no evidence that she was being recruited by Israel – that’s not true at all,” he said.
“Iran has posted a substantial video posted on a number of sites, citing evidence that she has received military and leadership training in Israel.”
There is no evidence to support these claims.