Iran arrests 30 people suspected of spying for US

AFP , Saturday 21 May 2011

Iran arrested 30 alleged American CIA agents from what they called a ‘complex espionage and sabotage network’

The Iranian intelligence ministry announced that it had uncovered and dismantled a network suspected of spying for the United States and made 30 arrests, state television reported on Saturday.

"Due to the massive intelligence and counter-intelligence work by Iranian intelligence agents, a complex espionage and sabotage network linked to America's spy organisation was uncovered and dismantled," a ministry statement read out on the television said.

"Elite agents of the intelligence ministry in their confrontation with the CIA [Central Intelligence Agency] elements were able to arrest 30 America-linked spies through numerous intelligence and counter-intelligence operations," it added.

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