On Monday, the office of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied that the Iranian president was interviewed by Al-Monitor. "Imagine my surprise to read that," Barbara Slavin writes — as she was there. She asked him questions, he answered them and she and other journalists taped the encounter.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reponds to a reporters' questions following a news conference on the sidelines of the 67th United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 26, 2012. - REUTERS/Brendan McDermid