Iran arrests 17 spies working for the CIA
Iran announced Monday that 17 people, all Iranian citizens, were arrested and immediately tried, some sentenced to death while others received various heavy prison terms, in an espionage operation against the American Central Intelligence Agency.
The director of the Intelligence Ministry’s counterespionage department said on Monday that the CIA spy ring was busted on June 18 and 17 spies were arrested.
He added that they were employed in sensitive centers or worked in private sector firms related to these centers active in the economic, nuclear, infrastructural, military and cyber areas.
The 17 spies had no links to one another and each of them was separately linked to a CIA officer, according to the official.
He said some of them were lured into working for the American spy agency by offering them US visas.
Complex technical equipment had been given to these individuals for collecting classified information and they had received special training from CIA officers, he added.
He also noted that the intelligence agencies of some Asian and European countries had been collaborating with the CIA in these espionage activities.
The Intelligence Ministry official further said the spies were handed over to the judiciary, adding that some of them have been sentenced to death while others have received lengthy jail terms.
No U.S. statement on the matter has yet been released.