Lee Smith has published another personal attack on us in The Tablet. To rebut, point by point, Mr. Smith’s allegations by innuendo would not be appropriate here, and would distract us from addressing the many important Iran-related issues currently on the public agenda. However, because Jeffrey Goldberg has again used the platform that the prestigious The Atlantic has given him to give wider circulation to Mr. Smith’s attacks against us, we feel compelled to respond to the title of the post in which Mr. Goldberg links to Mr. Smith’s piece. That title is, “Are the Leveretts trying to do business with Iran?” It is categorically untrue that we are “trying to do business with Iran”. For us, as Americans, to “do business with Iran” would be a violation of U.S. law. We have not broken the law, and we will not do so. For Mr. Goldberg to insinuate that we might be breaking the law, simply because he disagrees with our analysis, is untrue, vicious, and the essence of McCarthyism.
–Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett