Iranian Intelligence Ministry announced on Saturday that it has arrested an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Iran immediately after he started his spying activities inside the country.
The Ministry’s public relations office said in a statement that the US administration had designed a very complicated and massive plot to pave the way for infiltrating the intelligence apparatus of the Islamic Republic; in the same line, the CIA tasked one of its intelligence analysts with putting this complicated intelligence-operational plan into action.
The statement said that the spy who is of Iranian origin and has served in the intelligence units of the US Army has served US missions in Afghanistan and Iraq and has passed highly sensitive and complicated training courses for the mission.
The ministry added that the Iranian intelligence forces identified the individual as soon as he entered the Bagram military base in Afghanistan and could find out his main mission.
The statement said that Iranian forces kept an eye on the spy when he entered Iran and arrested him as soon as he started his spying mission.
Iranian intelligence minister Heidar Moslehi announced in May that more than 30 US and Israeli spies had been discovered and he quickly took to Iranian television to broadcast information explaining the methods of online communication that the agents would use to trade intel.
Later, Moslehi announced in November that 12 more CIA spies who ran espionage operations in various grounds had been arrested.
“These two individuals were spying in all fields,” Moslehi said in response to a question about the operations of the 12 spies recently arrested by Iran.
Moslehi’s remarks came after Senior Iranian parliamentary officials announced that the country has arrested 12 agents of the American Central Intelligence Agency.
Member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Parviz Sorouri said that the agents had been operating in coordination with Israel’s Mossad and other regional agencies, and targeted the country’s military and its nuclear program.
“The US and Zionist regime’s espionage apparatuses were trying to damage Iran both from inside and outside with a heavy blow, using regional intelligence services,” Sorouri told the Islamic republic news agency in November.
UPDATE Jan 2: Verdict awaited in trial of ‘CIA spy’: Iran official