Ministry of Intelligence Documentary on the Capture of “CIA Spies” Aired on State TV

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Numerous news sites, such as Bashgah-e khabarnegaran, Fars News and Farda News, have covered and reported a film put out my Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence which was broadcast on Iranian state television, depicting how alleged “CIA spies” were trapped by the Iranian intelligence services. The fact that the story has been virtually reproduced verbatim on numerous websites is indicative that it has most likely been circulated by the Ministry itself. The name of the documentary is entitled “The Hunter in the Trap”.

“The Ministry of Intelligence of the Islamic Republic in its most recent confrontation with the destabilizing actions of Western countries could trap a professional team of CIA spies. This security success last night was broadcast in the form of a documentary by the name of “The Hunter in the Trap” on Sima [i.e. state television]”.

Several foreign nationals are named in the documentary and one by the name of “Matej Valuch”, a Slovakian citizen, claims that he was hired by “Prisma” a front company used by the CIA for intelligence gathering inside Iran in 2009. His contact was a man by the name of “Steven Lugano”, who Valuck later found out was a “senior intelligence official of the CIA who had the intention of implementing a very widespread intelligence project inside Iran”.

The documentary also claims that other foreign nationals, including a South African, “Steven Raymond”, and an American, “Mark Antony Wendiar” were also CIA agents working undercover, and posing as researchers of “biological products”.

These two individuals it is alleged were charged with recognizing the “scientific elite of our country in the sphere biotechnology and placed their names in the control of the American spy services”.

Another individual said to be a national of a country in Central Asia, is also said to have been charged with collecting information vis-a-vis Iran’s nuclear programme on the CIA’s behalf.

The names of a number of other individuals are mentioned who it is claimed acted as CIA operatives inside Iran, one of Moroccan descent and another a Malaysian national.

The documentary features an extensive interview with “Matej Valuch” in which he ‘confesses’ to his contacts with CIA operatives and efforts to establish contacts with Iranian nuclear scientists. Valuck also speaks of alleged CIA operatives desire to assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists.

Finally he expresses regret if he placed any Iranians in danger as a result of his cooperation with the CIA.

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