CIA disaster continues; 12 arrested in Iran
On the heels of several arrests by Hezb'allah in Lebanon comes news that another US spy ring in Iran has been rolled up.
Parliamentarian Parviz Sorouri, who sits on the powerful committee of foreign policy and national security, claimed that the arrested agents planned to strike at Iranian interests with the aid of Israel.
Sorouri said the spy network aimed at damaging Iran in the security, military and nuclear sectors.
The Iranian official's comments come after current and former U.S. officials said on Monday that dozens of spies working for the CIA were captured recently in Lebanon and Iran, as well as after Iran's claim earlier this year that it had intercepted a major spy ring.
Following the report of a compromised CIA ring in Lebanon, the French intelligence newsletter Intelligence Online indicated in its latest issue that U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, arrived recently in Beirut to probe the affair.
The timing of this couldn't have been worse. Analysts don't believe this is the work of a mole, but rather highly technical capabilities of Hezb'allah in tracking cell phones and other electronic means. The bottom line is that the CIA got sloppy and are now paying for it.
It will take years to rebuild these networks. In the meantime, we head into a very dangerous period with little on the ground intel to keep us informed of what's going on.