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Iran denies report that Ahmadinejad was slapped.
Spokesman says WikiLeaks report saying Revolutionary Guards chief slapped president during argument over freedom of the press meant to divert attention from 'kidnapping of General Reza Asghari'
Tehran has denied a WikiLeaks report that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was slapped by the head of the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guards.
According to the WikiLeaks report, a source in Azerbaijan told American diplomats in early 2010 that General Mohammad-Ali Jafari was furious at Ahmadinejad over his stand on freedom of the press and slapped him during a meeting of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.
The Fars news agency quoted a Revolutionary Guards spokesman as saying Saturday that "those behind WikiLeaks have availed themselves of the fame they gained through their insider information and invent false stories."