Iran announces arrests, death sentences as CIA spy ring busted




A woman walks past a mural on the wall of the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran
A woman walks past a mural on the wall of the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran  

Tehran (AFP) - Iran arrested 17 suspects and sentenced some to death after dismantling a CIA spy ring, an official said Monday, as tensions soar between the Islamic republic and arch-enemy the United States.

Security agencies "successfully dismantled a (CIA) spy network," the head of counter-intelligence at the Iranian intelligence ministry, whose identity was not revealed, told reporters in Tehran.

"Those who deliberately betrayed the country were handed to the judiciary... some were sentenced to death and some to long-term imprisonment."

The suspects were arrested between March 2018 and March 2019.

Tehran has been at loggerheads with Washington and its allies since May 2018, when President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from a landmark 2015 deal putting curbs on Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

The US administration reimposed biting sanctions on Iran, which retaliated by increasing its enrichment of uranium beyond limits set in the nuclear accord.

Trump called off air strikes against Iran at the last minute in June after the Islamic republic downed a US drone, one of a string of incidents including attacks on tankers in the Gulf.

The tensions have escalated since British authorities seized an Iranian oil tanker on July 4 on suspicions it was shipping oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.

In what was seen by Britain as a tit-for-tat move, Iran's Revolutionary Guards seized a UK-flagged tanker in the strategic Strait of Hormuz on Friday, angering the US ally.

- CIA 'visa trap' -

Iran said last month that it dismantled a spy network linked to the CIA.

"Following clues in the American intelligence services, we recently found the new recruits Americans had hired and dismantled a new network," state news agency IRNA reported at the time, quoting an intelligence ministry official.

IRNA said Iran had carried out the operation in cooperation with "foreign allies", without naming any state.

At Monday's news conference, the Iranian counter-intelligence chief said 17 people suspected of espionage had been identified, all of them Iranians who had acted independently of each other.

The suspects had been "employed at sensitive and crucial centres and also the private sector related to them, working as contractors or consultants," said the official.

Some of them had been recruited by falling into a "visa trap" set by the US Central Intelligence Agency for Iranians seeking to travel to the United States.

"Some were approached when they were applying for a visa, while others had visas from before and were pressured by the CIA in order to renew them," said the official.

Their mission was to collect classified information and carry out "technical and intelligence operations at important and sensitive centres using advanced equipment," he said.

"All of the network's members, all the 17 people, were trained by CIA officers on how to set up safe communications."

- 'Major defeat' -

The top security official alleged the CIA used special stone-like containers to send communications tools and identity documents to its network.

"The forgery was clumsy, showing that it was done by the CIA itself," he said, adding that this "proves" it was government-sanctioned.

"After they were discovered, CIA officers ordered the spies to destroy all the documents," he added.

The official said the CIA had informed the suspects to go to "emergency exits" in cities near the border in case they felt they were in danger.

"Of course, they instead met the intelligence ministry's agents and were arrested."

He hailed the operation as a "second major defeat of the CIA" following a similar one five years earlier.

"They will naturally try to restore and rebuild themselves, and of course we are always vigilant."

COMMENTS

More Related News

Majority of Americans say Trump did not cooperate with impeachment, sought to hinder investigation, poll says
Majority of Americans say Trump did not cooperate with impeachment, sought to hinder investigation, poll says

When asked why Trump may have kept things from Congress, 35% say it was for "legitimate reasons" and 53% say it was to "hinder the investigation."

Trump to Sign Order Targeting Anti-Semitism on College Campuses
Trump to Sign Order Targeting Anti-Semitism on College Campuses

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday targeting what he sees as anti-Semitism on college campuses by threatening to withhold federal money from educational institutions that fail to combat discrimination, three administration officials said Tuesday.The order

Impeach Trump or Work With Him? Democrats Are Pushing Forward on Both
Impeach Trump or Work With Him? Democrats Are Pushing Forward on Both

WASHINGTON -- On the day that House Democrats formally accused President Donald Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors, something unusual happened in the capital: Divided government actually started to work.Within minutes of announcing Tuesday that Democrats would charge Trump with abuse of power and

Donald Trump, House Democrats strike deal on revised trade pact with Mexico, Canada
Donald Trump, House Democrats strike deal on revised trade pact with Mexico, Canada

Donald Trump and House Democrats strike deal to revise a trade pact with Canada and Mexico, giving the president a win on a legislative priority.

FBI wiretap of Trump campaign aide was riddled with errors, but Russia probe was legally justified, IG report finds
FBI wiretap of Trump campaign aide was riddled with errors, but Russia probe was legally justified, IG report finds

DOJ IG Michael Horowitz's report, released Monday, says the FBI was not driven by bias against President Donald Trump in launching the Russia probe.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

  • Jerrcywem
    (2019-07-24 22:30:15Z)

    Hi where i can buy
    http://amoxicillin500mg.club - amoxicillin 500 dosage ? Please help me found
    amoxicillin 500 mg price
    Thanks!

    REPLY
  • Jerrcywem
    (2019-07-24 22:53:39Z)

    Hi where i can buy
    http://amoxicillin500mg.club - amoxicillin 500 ? Please help me found
    amoxicillin pills 500 mg
    Thanks!

    REPLY
  • MosesBic
    (2019-07-29 21:13:13Z)

    DennisLef DennisLef
    http://forum.globalgoodness.ca/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=419789
    http://forum.globalgoodness.ca/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=419789
    https://uhlcollectorssociety.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=934493
    http://v-zakone.com/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=79323
    fdv3434r34ref232
    http://theartistexchange.net/profile.php?id=224111

    REPLY
  • MosesBic
    (2019-07-30 05:46:45Z)

    DennisLef DennisLef
    http://play.legendsalliance.com/fluxbb/viewtopic.php?pid=6#p6
    http://www.remify.app/foro/index.php?topic=416196.new#new
    http://amsi.ma/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=3#p3
    https://itnull.ru/threads/prodlenie-demo-bitriksa-na-cron.3932/#post-47974
    fdv3434r34ref232
    http://www.tunturisusi.com/aforismitfoorumi/phpBB3/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=994

    REPLY
  • MosesBic
    (2019-07-30 09:05:12Z)

    DennisLef DennisLef
    http://internet-invest.com.ua/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=97301
    https://forum.gorod.dp.ua/member.php?u=305091
    http://tdatgaming.com/forums/viewtopic.php?pid=18532#p18532
    http://internet-invest.com.ua/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=97301
    fdv3434r34ref232
    http://www.cinnmonn.com/member.php?action=profile&uid=5199

    REPLY
  • aaosesBic
    (2019-08-09 21:22:21Z)

    AennisLef DennisLef
    http://sizuhsx.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=8534
    http://bbs.ser.tw/home.php?mod=space&username=aribalet
    http://www.xcxxfyz.com/space-uid-42272.html
    speedtest2019

    REPLY
  • aaosesBic
    (2019-08-10 06:18:07Z)

    AennisLef DennisLef
    http://home.china168.biz/home.php?mod=space&uid=2623240&do=profile
    http://michiya-cs.com/userinfo.php?uid=4788
    http://www.400clubthailand.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=742485
    speedtest2019

    REPLY
  • aaosesBic
    (2019-08-10 09:18:34Z)

    AennisLef DennisLef
    http://bbs.mljj.cn/home.php?mod=space&username=ucujyhi
    http://www.belcol.com.cn/home.php?mod=space&uid=5779&do=profile
    http://www.sdcssd.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=32725
    speedtest2019

    REPLY
  • aaosesBic
    (2019-08-10 12:09:41Z)

    AennisLef DennisLef
    http://eng.iwmspb.ru/index.php/component/kunena/user/91690-avulojaxa
    http://dazkayser.free.fr/topsauce!/index.php?file=Members&op=detail&autor=anijatywu
    http://xn--f1apaaqe.xn--p1ai/forum.php?PAGE_NAME=profile_view&UID=27818
    speedtest2019

    REPLY
  • aaosesBic
    (2019-08-10 17:58:14Z)

    AennisLef DennisLef
    http://ukkadri.ru/index.php?subaction=userinfo&user=opepifeb
    http://bbs.sddacheng.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=673096
    http://federicoceroni.com/forum/user/90638-oguficyr
    speedtest2019

    REPLY
  • aaosesBic
    (2019-08-10 20:54:32Z)

    AennisLef DennisLef
    http://www.luxgen-family.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=26888&do=profile
    http://kotlasreg.ru/forum.php?PAGE_NAME=profile_view&UID=20432
    http://vecmir.ru/index.php/vecmirlife/20781-ypyvico/profile
    speedtest2019

    REPLY
  • aaosesBic
    (2019-08-11 02:43:54Z)

    AennisLef DennisLef
    http://sizuhsx.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=8534
    http://www.luxgen-family.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=26888&do=profile
    http://tczew.pwrarytas.pl/profile.php?lookup=6714
    speedtest2019

    REPLY
  • aaosesBic
    (2019-08-11 05:42:50Z)

    AennisLef DennisLef
    http://www.clairetoys.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=140073
    http://79394.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=569
    http://www.mutravels.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=16786
    speedtest2019

    REPLY
  • aaosesBic
    (2019-08-11 08:33:29Z)

    AennisLef DennisLef
    http://www.78787799.com/home.php?mod=space&username=ohuxe
    http://bordeauxriders.free.fr/index.php?file=Members&op=detail&autor=ahelypa
    http://www.zq1488.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=95942
    speedtest2019

    REPLY
  • aaosesBic
    (2019-08-11 11:31:24Z)

    AennisLef DennisLef
    http://www.thatisit.com.tw/xoops/modules/profile/userinfo.php?uid=7777
    http://masterchild.ru/index.php?subaction=userinfo&user=ijobe
    http://mineralgroup.ru/index.php?subaction=userinfo&user=uwylale
    speedtest2019

    REPLY
  • aaosesBic
    (2019-08-11 14:28:11Z)

    AennisLef DennisLef
    http://xn--31-6kcdp5atbs9bb4l.xn--p1ai/forum/user/40255/
    http://weixin.lltjx.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=599958
    http://xn----7sbqc1ahc7afe2lrdf.com/profile.php?lookup=31112
    speedtest2019

    REPLY
  • aaosesBic
    (2019-08-11 20:14:42Z)

    AennisLef DennisLef
    http://yuanyuanba.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=40728
    http://park-apart.ru/communication/forum/user/6874/
    http://diva.ua/index.php?subaction=userinfo&user=ahijysur
    speedtest2019

    REPLY
  • aaosesBic
    (2019-08-12 02:10:29Z)

    AennisLef DennisLef
    https://gold10.ru/forum/user/32341/
    https://www.physicaltherapist.com/forums/users/akeryjo/
    http://bbs.wbdatavis.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=1227&do=profile
    speedtest2019

    REPLY
  • aaosesBic
    (2019-08-12 05:14:35Z)

    AennisLef DennisLef
    http://odoo-russia.ru/profile/yjosafyd/
    http://bbs.168zhuang.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=123922
    http://forum.asiaseo-seo.com/home.php?mod=space&username=usono
    speedtest2019

    REPLY
  • aaosesBic
    (2019-08-12 08:10:35Z)

    AennisLef DennisLef
    http://zy.nasinet.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=114
    http://ff12rw.hocolamogg.com/modules/hakusen/userinfo.php?uid=100333
    http://forum.beg.com.tw/home.php?mod=space&username=atejacixi
    speedtest2019

    REPLY

Top News: Latin America