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West used lizards for nuclear spying


(AFP) — Hassan Firuzabadi, senior military advisor to supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was responding to questions from local media on the recent arrest of environmentalists.

He said he did not know the details of the cases, but that the had often used tourists, scientists and environmentalists to spy on Iran.

“Several years ago, some individuals came to Iran to collect aid for … We were suspicious of the route they chose,” he told the reformist ILNA news agency.

“In their possessions were a variety of reptile desert species like lizards, chameleons… We found out that their skin attracts atomic waves and that they were spies wanted to find out where inside the Islamic republic of Iran we have uranium mines and where we are engaged in atomic activities,” he said.

His comments came after news that an Iranian-Canadian environmentalist, Kavous Seyed Emami, had died in prison after he was arrested along with other members of his wildlife NGO last month.

Firuzabadi said Western spy agencies have “failed every time”.

He said another case involved a couple from .

“They got them on a fishing boat from and and sent them to the to identify our defence systems,” he said.

“But when we arrested them, they said they had come for fishing and were tourists.”

(File photo: ILNA)



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