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Iran Claims Spying At Its Nuclear Facilities

From an annoyed Associated Press:

Iran acknowledges espionage at nuclear facilities

By Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press Writer Sat Oct 9, 2010

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran acknowledged Saturday that some personnel at the country’s nuclear facilities were lured by promises of money to pass secrets to the West but insisted increased security and worker privileges have put a stop to the spying.

The stunning admission by Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi provides the clearest government confirmation that Iran has been fighting espionage at its nuclear facilities

Don’t worry, Mr. Salehi will have no problems denying this tomorrow

Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency quoted Salehi as saying that some nuclear personnel had access to information about Iran’s plans for "foreign purchases and commercial affairs." The report did not elaborate on the precise nature of the information or the timeframe over which the spying took place.

"Now, these routes have been blocked. The possibility of information leaking is almost impossible now," Salehi was quoted as saying.

"Our colleagues were awakened. … The personnel and managers have all reached the conclusion that this is a national issue and that we should … resolve our problems among ourselves."

Saturday’s revelation was the first public word that some personnel have engaged in espionage, although Tehran has arrested suspects in the past. With the announcement, Iran appears to be trying to raise public awareness about what it says are plots by the U.S. and its allies to derail Iran’s nuclear activities…

Salehi said Iran’s nuclear agency also published booklets for its personnel alerting them to the various techniques the West uses to try to lure them into espionage. The booklets "spell out precautionary measures to protect (information) and the life of scientists," he was quoted as saying.

What a hoot it would be to see these.

"The issue of spies existed in the past but now we see that it is fading day by day."

Salehi said measures have been taken to provide welfare to nuclear personnel including housing in order to enhance their living conditions as a way of protecting them against offers by the West

More recently, nuclear intrigue has fallen on a complex computer worm that has swept through industrial sites in Iran and was also found on the personal laptops of several employees at Iran’s first nuclear power plant.

The malicious computer code, known as Stuxnet, was designed to take over industrial sites like Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant and has also emerged in India, Indonesia and the U.S. But it has spread the most in Iran.

Salehi said Iran had identified the computer worm two to three months ago but only made its discovery public now.

"We have full control over our computer systems. Considerable measures to protect and immunize them have been carried out," he said, refusing to elaborate on the measures.

And we believe them.

On Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Iran believed the computer worm was part of a Western plot to sabotage its nuclear program…

If only.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 10th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Iran Claims Spying At Its Nuclear Facilities”

  1. Right of the People says:

    It has spread in the most in Iran because frankly, they are technologically challenged to say the least and computer science is for the most part out of their reach.

    If something is more complex than a camel they are up the creek without a paddle. I wonder how many foreign scientists, Russians, Hungarians, Germans, etc they have working for them? I’d say probably 90% of the important ones are from the outside.

    • proreason says:

      “90% of the important ones are from the outside”

      Make it 100%.

      There has never been an important scientist from the Middle East, if you exclude Israel. Pakistan may have had a few, but they are a different culture. Moreover, the Middle East hasn’t produced a single advance in technology since Islam was inflicted on the world. The religion makes technology impossible.

      This is the reason that the only way Islam can defeat the West is if the West surrenders without a fight. And the only way the Middle East can even inflict serious damage on the West is with the help of Russians and the Chinese.

      If they get lucky again and learn enough about Western technology to damage a western city, we will be fools not to wipe Tehran off the map.

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