Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence announced today that it has arrested an Iranian, presumed to hold US citizenship, on espionage charges. The name of the individual has not been released. The intelligence ministry has accused him of working for the CIA and the US defense intelligence establishment [Fars, 17 December].
The semi-official news agency Fars reports that the detainee had received extensive intelligence training at the US military base in Bagram, Afghanistan, before entering Iran. The intelligence ministry claims that it had identified the alleged spy while he was still undergoing training at Bagram and had him under close surveillance since then, including a period of time after he entered Iran before his arrest. It is alleged that the individual had the mission of infiltrating the intelligence ministry ranks and feed the ministry with false intelligence reports from the US side and gather intelligence from Iran.
In May, Iran had announce the arrest of 30 people for spying for the US, and last week it had announced the indictment of 15 people charged with spying for the US and Israel.