Report: Iran dismantles a US-backed spy network aimed at toppling gov't

January 19, 2009 11:29


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Iran's state television on Monday reported that the government has dismantled a US-backed spy network that was seeking to topple the country's Islamic regime. Monday's report quoted an unnamed intelligence official as saying the main members of the network were identified and detained. The official, identified as the general director of the counterespionage section of Iran's Intelligence Ministry, said the CIA spent some $32 million on the plot but did not provide further details. Iran's official news agency reported Saturday that a Teheran court sentenced four Iranians to jail for trying to overthrow the government with the alleged support of the US State Department and the CIA.

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