Nest of Spies

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OUTLINE

Neda is the daughter of Sunni Palestinian Winemakers who emigrated to Iran after having been evicted from there land in near Jerusalem. As a kid, she attended an American school in Israel/Palestine until the 1973 war. She is fluent in English.

Neda was part of a left wing student groups which took part in the seizure of the US embassy in November 1979. Because of her knowledge of the English language and American culture, she became a valuable asset to the cause although she was more driven by left leaning ideals then Islamic ones.

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TEHRAN POLYTECHNIC, IRAN, 3 NOVEMBER 1979

Neda argues is upset by members of of their group who insist that the female students shall be wearing chadors.

Her communist friends suggest that she can the use the veil to carry weapons and tools to cup open the Embassy gates.


OUTSIDE THE US EMBASSY COMPOUND, TEHRAN, 4 NOVEMBER 1979

Lance-Corporal Tyrone Washington the Third's shift ends at 06:00 but the next Marine hasn't shown up to replace him yet. For the past week, Washington has spent the cold Persian nights on the roof of the US Embassy's staff living quarters, scanning the compound's perimeter with Starlight Scope mounted on his M-60 Machine Gun. Since his unit landed in March to triple the detachment's presence in the Iranian capital, the Marine Security Guards have been on high alert and night and day.

The streets of Tehran are dimly lit on this early November morning. The silhouettes of three black chadors crossing towards the South wall of the US Embassy Compound are missed by the Tehran police cars parked at each end of the street but they light up in Washington's night vision scope. -A little early for 3 Muslin women to roam down the streets of Tehran on this November morning...

US EMBASSY COMPOUND, TEHRAN, 7 NOVEMBER 1979

Neda, who's hair is lose, leans on the ground with a paint brush which she dips in a bucket of black paint and the writes on a cardboard: VIETNAM WOUNDED YOU, IRAN WILL BURY YOU...

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