Not going to give up
The White House said on Friday it has unearthed no evidence so far to support assertions by former American captives that Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was involved in the 1979 siege of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
"We continue to look into it to establish the facts," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan.
U.S. investigators have concluded that newly elected Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not the glowering Islamic militant seen escorting an American hostage in a 1979 photograph that was widely publicized this week, U.S. officials said yesterday.
"If there is a case to be made [that Ahmadinejad was among the hostage-takers in 1979]," the official said, "it doesn't look as if it will be done on the basis of those photographs."
The official stressed that the investigation is continuing and that it is still an "open question" whether Ahmadinejad was involved in the hostage crisis. Analysis of the photos was just one of many avenues in what has become a multi-agency inquiry, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.