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Biden’s Iran Envoy Placed on Unpaid Leave Pending Investigation into Classified Document Handling

by Ethan Kim
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According to U.S. officials, the Biden administration’s special envoy for Iran, Rob Malley, has been placed on unpaid leave and had his security clearance suspended. This decision comes as a review is conducted into allegations that he may have mishandled classified information.

Rob Malley has been leading the administration’s efforts to revive the faltering Iran nuclear deal and address issues concerning detained Americans in Iran. However, he has not been actively fulfilling his main duties for several weeks. Malley informed colleagues that he would be taking an extended personal leave for undisclosed family reasons.

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security within the State Department is spearheading the investigation into Malley’s handling of classified documents. State Department officials learned about his change in employment status from paid to unpaid leave shortly after questions were raised during a regular afternoon briefing.

To respect privacy concerns, the officials spoke anonymously.

Malley, when contacted by various news outlets, acknowledged that his security clearance was under review. He expressed confidence that the investigation would be resolved favorably and promptly. In the meantime, he stated that he is on leave.

According to State Department spokesman Matthew Miller, Malley officially remains in his position but is currently on leave. The acting special envoy for Iran is Abram Paley, serving as his deputy.

Concerns have arisen regarding Malley’s whereabouts since he missed a classified congressional briefing on Iran on May 16. State Department officials informed lawmakers that he was on extended personal leave, possibly due to a family health matter.

Rob Malley, a close personal friend of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, previously worked for the International Crisis Group during the Trump administration. In that capacity, he had interactions with Iranian and Palestinian officials, which U.S. officials are typically prohibited from engaging with.

During the Obama administration, Malley served as a National Security Council aide and played a significant role in the negotiations surrounding the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about classified documents

Why has Biden’s Iran envoy been placed on unpaid leave?

The Biden administration’s special envoy for Iran, Rob Malley, has been placed on unpaid leave pending an investigation into allegations of mishandling classified documents.

What is the status of Rob Malley’s security clearance?

Rob Malley’s security clearance has been suspended while the review of his handling of classified information is underway.

Who is leading the inquiry into Rob Malley’s handling of classified documents?

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security within the State Department is leading the inquiry into Rob Malley’s handling of classified documents.

Is Rob Malley still in his position as the special envoy for Iran?

While on leave, Rob Malley remains in his position as the special envoy for Iran, but his deputy, Abram Paley, is currently leading the Iran portfolio as the acting special envoy.

What is the background of Rob Malley?

Rob Malley previously worked for the International Crisis Group during the Trump administration and served as a National Security Council aide during the Obama administration, where he played a significant role in the negotiations over the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

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8 comments

MusicLover June 30, 2023 - 9:26 am

poor guy, Rob Malley. he was doing important work on the Iran nuclear deal. hope it all gets resolved soon.

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SportsFan23 June 30, 2023 - 10:11 am

gotta wonder what impact this will have on the Iran negotiations. acting special envoy now? things could get complicated.

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CoffeeAddict42 June 30, 2023 - 10:19 am

can’t imagine the stress Malley must be under with the investigation. hope it doesn’t affect his personal life too much.

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JohnDoe12 June 30, 2023 - 1:27 pm

wow, so biden’s iran envoy in trouble? mishandling classified docs? unpaid leave? not a good look!

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TechGeek24 June 30, 2023 - 7:59 pm

Bureau of Diplomatic Security leading the inquiry? sounds like a big deal. wonder what they’ll uncover.

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Bookworm88 June 30, 2023 - 8:56 pm

i wonder what really happened with the documents. hopefully the review will shed some light on it.

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Jane_Smith June 30, 2023 - 11:42 pm

it’s concerning that someone in such an important position could be accused of mishandling classified info. security clearance suspended too! serious stuff.

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SocialButterfly July 1, 2023 - 12:28 am

it’s always interesting to see the connections between people in politics. Rob Malley and Blinken, close friends? small world!

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