West sent lizards as nuclear spies, claims Iran defense official

West sent lizards as nuclear spies, claims Iran defense official

Iran said on Tuesday that spies from the West had attempted to use lizards to spy on the country's nuclear program, Agence France-Presse reported.

Iranian authorities claim that he was among at least seven people who were arrested for gathering classified information "under the coverage of scientific and environmental projects".

He added that the Western spies "failed every time".

The news was broken out after one of the accused spies of the dossier, Kavous Seyyed Emami, committed suicide while in detention in Evin prison of Tehran. He and other members of the prominent wildlife nongovernment organization he cofounded were arrested in January.

The Iranian authorities is putting pressure on the family to bury his body before receiving any independent and approved medical information regarding the cause of his death, and keep silent about the circumstances that led to his death.

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"Firuzabadi told journalists that while he was not familiar with the details of these specific cases, foreign governments often used scientists and environmental "tourists" as spies".


Several years ago", he said, "some individuals came to Iran to collect aid for Palestine.

'In their possessions were a variety of reptile desert species like lizards, chameleons. "We were suspicious of the route they chose", he told ILNA news agency. "We found out that their skin attracts atomic waves and that they were nuclear spies who wanted to find out where inside the Islamic republic of Iran we have uranium mines and where we are engaged in atomic activities", Firuzabadi claimed.

Iran's authorities say Kavous Seyed-Emami committed suicide while in custody, but his family and activists cast doubt on the official account and request an independent autopsy on his body.

"On January 9th, a written report by one of security entities of the country was delivered to Shahid Moghaddas court of prosecution recounting that a group of suspects have been cooperating with Central Intelligence Agency and Mossad", said Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi, Tehran Prosecutor General, on Tuesday. The report didn't elaborate.

Seyed-Emami taught sociology at Tehran's Imam Sadegh University while also managing the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, which works to protect endangered animals and raise public awareness about the environment.

He said Emami was one of the main contacts for US agents and an intelligence officer had stayed at his home.

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