Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Iran Looks For Israeli Spies

UPDATE: Check out the new blog covering the Mid East: Outsider On The Inside

According to Israel's Shin Beth, Iran has been looking for people within Israel to spy on them:
JERUSALEM -- Iranian secret services have been trying to recruit Israelis of Iranian origin to spy on the Jewish state, the Israeli domestic security service Shin Beth said Tuesday.

Iranian agents posing as consulate workers have on at least 10 occasions approached Israelis applying for authorization to visit their relatives in Iran at Tehran's consulate in Istanbul, it said in a statement.

The Ha'aretz daily said that the Shin Beth had detained one Israeli of Iranian decent upon his return from Iran and the man had admitted being recruited and accepting money to cover his costs.

The man said that he had been asked to lure a relative who used to work for the Israeli security services to Istanbul, the paper said. It did not say when the man had been detained or whether he remained in detention.

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