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Espionage network at Iranian ICT Ministry destroyed

Tehran, Feb 19, Taliya News - An informed source at Intelligence Ministry said here Tuesday that an espionage network within the country's economic network has been identified and destroyed.

He declared, "The said network was involved in acquiring and selling sensitive and expansive information of the country's telecom companies and selling them to the foreign firms with which it had contracts.

He said that the network was discovered and destroyed following a series of complicated and time consuming information and security works by Intelligence Ministry's Economic Affairs Deputy.

The informed source said, "The person in charge of this spy network had established a network comprised of sources at important key posts of the ICT Ministry, particularly at the MCI, through which it was acquiring classified information, such as tender documents, government contracts, extent of progress of telecom projects etc., selling them to large, reputable foreign firms."

He reiterated, "In inspecting the home of the head of this band some of the money the band has gained through the foreign firms, some classified telecom papers and documents, and a machine in which classified information is stored were found and confiscated."

He emphasized, "The main culprit of the file has in initial interrogations confessed to having relations with foreigners and selling information to them, and that he has met the band's foreign contacts several times abroad and received 3.5 million US dollars from them.

According to him, this band had paid large amounts of money to active telecom companies of the country in order to get them involved in its activities and to corrupt them as well.

The informed Intelligence official reiterated, "The key members of the network were arrested in accordance with arrest warrants issued against them by concerned judiciary officials after identification and some intelligence work and handed over to Judiciary officials."

He said, "This network had been engaged in introduction and strengthening the status of foreign firms in Iran for over ten years, for sales of telecom software and hardware to ICT affiliated firms."

The informed official reiterated, "This band's espionage move inflicted millions of dollars of losses against the country's hard currency funds in this field."

He said, "Destruction of this economic espionage network, in line with encountering the bands involved in worsening the status of the national economy and those working in line with then objectives of our system's enemies."

The informed official said, "This network had managed to expand its sources network throughout the ICT Ministry, and to provide the telecom information of Iran that the European firms need and send it for them."

He added at the end, "The violations committed by European firms in this regard, too, are being pursued through international sources in order to secure the Iranian nations' rights and lost interests."

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