Intel minister: Iran identified 290 CIA spies, made arrests

Press TV – April 19, 2019

Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi speaks before weekly Friday prayers sermons in the Iranian capital Tehran on April 19, 2019. Click to enlarge

Iran has identified 290 CIA agents across different countries, forcing the US to form a special committee to reassess its cloak-and-dagger operations, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi says. 

“CIA operatives in those countries were identified and arrested and the contacts of the US intelligence agency with its sources were disrupted in such a way that a committee to assess the failure was set up in America,” Alavi said during Friday prayers in Tehran.

He touched on what numerous US spy experts have said about the major intelligence defeat, making reference to a specific November 2018 Yahoo News article that had interviewed numerous American spy experts over the “incredibly damaging” incident. 

The article claimed that Iranian intelligence had gained access to a secret CIA communications system, allowing Iranians to not only discover and detain US assets in the country, but also probably share key findings with Chinese and Russian authorities. 

“When these types of compromises happen, it’s so dark and bad,” said a former official speaking to Yahoo.

“When this was going on, it was all that mattered,” said another former intelligence community official describing the gravity of the American intelligence setback.

CIA officials were consequently worried about the network “totally unwinding worldwide”, according to the article.

“Iran was aggressively going out to hunt systems down,” said one former official. “They weren’t just protecting themselves anymore.”

Referring to the article, Iran’s intelligence minister specifically highlighted a quote from American national security analyst Irvin McCullough, who described the major American intelligence setback as “one of the most catastrophic intelligence failures” since the September 11 attacks in 2001. 

Alavi said that further details of the operations would be publicized soon, adding that a similar successful counter-espionage operation had been carried out against Britain’s MI6 intelligence service.

The Iranian minister added that the breakthrough comes as his ministry has shifted from focusing on defensive operations to conducting offensive counter-intelligence operations, some of which had even “expanded deep” into Israel.

“There was an outcry in Israel; some members of their cabinet were cooperating with the Intelligence Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran”, said Alavi.

Alavi went on to highlight some of the ministry’s other successful intelligence operations, saying that they had “traumatized” foreign services.

“In one of these cases, the Intelligence Ministry’s counter-espionage [force] successfully identified a company that was slipping defective parts into a sensitive center, neutralized it and discovered the defective parts,” he said.

The sabotage operation could have led to a “humanitarian catastrophe” if it wasn’t dealt with, Alavi said.

The Iranian intelligence chief added that as much as 114 Takfiri terrorist teams, 116 Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MEK) teams, 44 teams seeking to overthrow the Iranian government and 380 drug smuggling teams had also been busted in the past year alone.

He added that the operations of 188 other groups were neutralized, including a recent case where four people were arrested southwest of the country along with 15,000 AK-47 rounds.”

 Iran has been successful in protecting itself from the spillover of terrorism and foreign-backed conflict — constant features of life in a number of regional countries — due to high vigilance by its intelligence and security forces.


3 responses to “Intel minister: Iran identified 290 CIA spies, made arrests”

  1. the coming third world war will be fought between israel ( who will fight using its proxies )
    iran lebanon N korea china and russia, all bitten of in bite sized chunks
    before the USA is left broken and derelect as nutjob-nutenyahu said “Palestine today tomorrow America ”
    In the UK after Iraq so many brit soldiers said no more wars for israel that huge numbers were just sacked, that the government is thinking of enforced conscription, immigrant groups have said if this happend they will go home

  2. Kudos to you Iran…may the good forces be with you to fight the criminals/impostors of the Hebrew religion and stolen lands that exist around you and that aim to destroy your beautiful and authentic people of Iran. I love Iranians and I am not one…but they are real, a true civilization…and not criminal pharisees.

  3. Yup sorry but Iran is part of the Axis of evil, cloak and dagger that runs the world.
    Divide and conquer as usual.
    Proof? Why have groups such as Shia sprung up? In the time of Islam there was one sect only, the tribe of Islam, consisting of the many tribes united in the common belief of one God by the Prophet.
    But since the Islamic Cliphate, succeded by the Ottoman Empire, were too strong united (until the Mongols, but once the Mongols learnt of the true teaching of the religion, joined it to create a resurgeance that reached to Spain even), the threat of a united religious army was too great to ignore (hence the start of the crusades).

    So they were weakened by the many sects who sprung up in the past century or so.
    To keep the Muslims fighting among each other, because one sect denounces all others, and the other sects each other, based on slight variances of their interpritation of Gods words (even petty differences such as where to place the hands during prayer, on the navel or the chest, can lead to hate for the opposing school of though…)
    So the claim Iran is good and part of the good of the world is just misguided.

    Do not get me wrong, good exists in that nation, as does it exist everywhere on the planet, but when it comes to the leaders of most nations, they are corrupt and part of the plan to bring the world to bow to the satanic cult who run it from the shadows.

    So the fact they are so good at finding spies, is a bit suspicious and makes you think they are being fed the information needed to postion the East as the new worlds leaders, just like how China was given all of the top technology and research of the West a few decades ago (at a time when the Cia could have easily spotted this happening and prevented it, but did not, beacuse the comparisson of the Cia and Eastern spy networks during the cold war, was like a child and candy lol), now they are poised to become the global leader in technology.

    Conveniently handed to them might I add, along with the know how and paid for manufacturing base by the Western shift of production in the name of cutting costs (but in reality any saving generated ended up coming back in the form of setting up abroad, shipping costs and import taxes etc) so the shift of the manufacturing of the West to the East was not really about cheap labour, as if that was the case, South America would have been the natural choice given the location and the abundance of land, cheap labour, not to mention the required resources to sustain a supply base, compared to China who relies on imports of almost everything needed for production of technology)