WASHINGTON – WND’s international scoop Sunday on a new threat by Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to kill all Jews and annihilate Israel was read by millions around the world over the last three days.
Some of them, however, didn’t read it in WND – and that has Editor Joseph Farah bugged.
Yesterday, he confronted London Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre with the charge of plagiarism for publishing a copycat version of the story in his tabloid a day after the WND report broke.
The original story was broken by WND contributor Reza Kahlili, a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and author of “A Time to Betray.”
He is a senior fellow with EMPact America and teaches at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy.
The report cited shocking new genocidal calls from Iran’s top religious leader against Israel and Jews worldwide.
“Though the story carries the byline of Lee Moran, the entire content of the article was lifted, without credit or attribution to its original source,” Farah said in his letter to the Daily Mail. “Not only did every fact reported in the Daily Mail piece originate in the WND story, but even the headlines are nearly identical.”
Farah called for Dacre to issue a public apology to his own readers and the WND staff.
It was after the contact from Farah that the Daily Mail added a reference on its page to the WND report.
“I have been working in daily newspapers and journalism for more than 35 years, yet I have rarely witnessed such shameless and blatant plagiarism in my life,” said Farah.