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              FILE --In this Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 file photo, director and actor Ben Affleck poses for photographers at the premiere of his film Argo in Washington, DC, USA. Iranian media reported on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 that authorities are planning to sue Hollywood over the Oscar-winning "Argo" because of the movie

Iranian media publishes conspiracy theory claiming Ben Affleck is covert agent

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Taylor Bigler
Entertainment Editor

Ben Affleck produced, directed and starred in the Academy Award winning “Argo” about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. But is he secretly a covert government agent that could be hanged for war crimes?

Iran’s state-run media outlet Press TV ran a story by 9/11 truther Kevin Barrett on Wednesday suggesting just that, BuzzFeed first reported.

The country is filing a lawsuit against Hollywood filmmakers who have promulgated “anti-Iran” propaganda, including 2012′s “Argo” and going all the way back to 1991′s “Not Without My Daughter.”

“I will defend Iran against the films like ‘Argo,’ which are produced in Hollywood to distort the country’s image,” said  lawyer and controversial lightning rod Isabelle Coutant-Peyre.

Press TV published a post by Barrett suggesting that Affleck not only contributed to “Iranophobia,” but that he is also a covert government agent posing as an actor, just like his character in “Argo.”

“If the makers of Argo are deposed under oath, they may be forced to reveal that their film — like the fictitious film-within-the-film — is a covert operation disguised as a movie,”  Barrett wrote.

“One of America’s leading experts on covert operations believes that Argo is the propaganda project of an intelligence agency or agencies, and that its purpose is to convince the American people to go along with Israel’s plan to drag America into a war on Iran,” he added.

Barrett quoted “intelligence expert” Barbara Honegger, another 9/11 truther, as saying that Affleck’s 2001 film “Pearl Harbor” was also government propaganda “designed to pave the road to 9/11.” Honegger said that the actor could be hanged for treason and war crimes for his part in those films.

Warner Bros., which produced the film, has not commented on the matter.

“Will Ben Affleck, and other covert operators working to launch a criminal war of aggression against Iran, ever be brought to justice?” Barrett writes. “Iran’s lawsuit against the makers of Argo is a good place to start.”

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