Wednesday, 14 January, 2009

Spies sought to infiltrate government bodies:Iran

Tehran Times

Iranian Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei announced that spies had been trying to infiltrate into governmental bodies.

The legal proceedings are underway and a court decree will be issued in the near future, Mohseni Ejei told reporters following the cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

According to Judiciary spokesman Ali-Reza Jamshidi, a gang of saboteurs connected to the U.S. government were recently discovered and destroyed. Jamshidi said the spy ring was linked to the CIA and backed by the U.S. State Department.

The saboteurs were trying to overthrow the government by launching a “velvet” revolution, the spokesman explained.

Mohseni Ejei said the Intelligence Ministry counter-espionage unit does not necessarily take actions against the spy rings but monitor their activities and when necessary the unit apprehends them.

Iran has control over those spy rings that are currently involved in espionage activities against the country through “soft” plans, he said, adding the ministry will crack down against these persons whenever it deems necessary.

On the supervision over foreign media networks that are active inside Iran, Ejei said the Intelligence Ministry will stop their activities if they act against national security.


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