Iran says arrests another CIA spy

TEHRAN Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:52am EST

Related Topics

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian authorities said on Saturday they had arrested an Iranian caught spying for the United States, the Islamic Republic's latest claim of success in a spying war with Washington.

State TV quoted the Intelligence Ministry as saying the arrested person had received training at U.S. bases in neighboring Afghanistan and Iraq and was meant to feed false information to Iranian intelligence.

"This CIA agent of Iranian nationality began his mission after receiving training in weapons use," the ministry said in a statement quoted on television.

"But he was identified by Iranian intelligence agents and his espionage missions were revealed."

He was supposed to launch his mission from Bagram base in Afghanistan, the intelligence ministry report said, but Iranian intelligence agents helped him enter Iran and later arrested him.

Current and former U.S. officials told Reuters in November that Iran had succeeded in uncovering the identities of several CIA informants.

Iran said in May it had arrested 30 people on suspicion of spying for the United States and last Tuesday 15 people were indicted for spying for Washington and Israel. Spying in Iran can be punishable by death.

On December 4, Iran announced it had downed a U.S. spy plane in the eastern part of the country, near Afghanistan. It has since shown the plane on television and said it is close to cracking its technological secrets.

The United States is leading diplomatic efforts to tighten sanctions on Iran which it accuses of seeking nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies. Washington and Israel say they do not rule out making strikes on Iran's nuclear sites.

(Reporting by Hashem Kalantari; Writing by Robin Pomeroy)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see
Comments (5)
JamVee wrote:
Well considering the threat that Iran poses to the world in general, I would hope we have a lot of spies doing their jobs inside that country. It’s my guess they have more than a few here in the US also.

Dec 17, 2011 9:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
Funny, I forgot that it was okay to hold thousands of nuclear arms while at the same time carrying out sabatoge, as well as espionage, against a country for POSSIBLY having nukes. MOST LIKELY, the United States would declare war on any nation who carried out covert operations such as we do on a monthly basis. My own country disgusts me…

Dec 17, 2011 10:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
I pity the guys that are caught as spies in iran, you get tortured to hell and from there on its pretty well downwards. Covert ops seems to have picked up in recent months how long before we see a mushroom cloud?

Dec 17, 2011 11:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.