Iran detains 10 spies near Pakistan border
15-Nov-2008 (one comment)

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran detained 10 spies carrying $500,000 in cash who had entered the Islamic Republic illegally from neighbouring Pakistan, state television said on Saturday.

Modern espionage cameras and maps of sensitive regions in Iran were found when the group was detained in Iran's south-eastern Sistan-Baluchestan province bordering Pakistan, the report said.

Television did not give any details on their nationality or say when they were detained.

Sistan-Baluchestan is a volatile province known for frequent clashes between security forces and well-armed drug smugglers.

Iran has in the past accused the United States and Britain of trying to destabilize the country by supporting ethnic minority rebels operating in sensitive border areas.

The United States is leading efforts to isolate Iran over its nuclear programme, which the West fears is a cover for a drive to build nuclear bombs. Tehran says it wants only to generate electricity.

News Goffer

Dissidents or real spies this time?

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As readers and observers, we face a serious problem with news out of IRI. 

They lied about the "espionage" nature of dissidents in Iran for so long, labeling students, thinkers, writers, artists and journalists as "spies," it is hard to believe them now when they may have actually captured some real spies.  Remember Mesbah saying that someone with a whole suitcase full of cash came to distribute it among the journalists during the Khatami era?  As readers, we know that Iran is in grave threat by a whole host of bad things happening in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the least of which is the US presence, and the worst of which are drug trafficking and terrorism.  But we also remember all the unbased and unwarranted persecutions, imprisonments, and executions under the same made-up name. 

Choopaan-e- Dorooghgoo Syndrome might be a good name for this dilemma.