DONALD TRUMP has slammed claims Iran smashed an American spy ring as “just more lies and propaganda”.
It comes after an Iranian intelligence ministry official appeared in a state TV documentary which brags about capturing CIA spies and sentencing some of them to death.
But it appears to be vague on detail which raises questions about its validity. An official appears but who did not give his name, and was only identified as the “director of the counterespionage department of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry”. He claimed none of the 17 agents who were caught had succeeded in their missions. He said: “Those who deliberately betrayed the country were handed to the judiciary… some were sentenced to death and some to long-term imprisonment.” Western looking people are also featured in the programme and are alleged to be the spies’ handlers. Yet they are not named and the photographs resemble those taken by family or friends. Photographs of some of the men were released by the Iranian intelligence and security forces but they have not been verified by the US or any other government. The 17 alleged spies are all said to be Iranian nationals with Tehran claiming they were lured by the US with the promise of getting visas.
They are said to have been arrested over a 12 month period up until March this year and are said to have been working in “sensitive centres” in military and nuclear facilities and the private sector who had all be working independently of one another. The spying missions were said to have included collecting information at the facilities they worked at and installing monitoring devices. Stone like containers were allegedly used to exchange intelligence material. He also handed out a CD with a video recording of an alleged foreign female spy working for the CIA in Dubai where it’s alleged many American spy recruiters are based. The disc was also said to have included names of several US Embassy staff in Turkey, India, Zimbabwe and Austria who Iran claims were in touch with the recruited Iranian spies. But Donald Trump tweeted that the report was “totally false”. He said: “The Report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false. Zero truth. “Just more lies and propaganda (like their shot down drone) put out by a Religious Regime that is Badly Failing and has no idea what to do. “Their Economy is dead, and will get much worse. Iran is a total mess!”