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Iran To Execute Citizen Who Allegedly Leaked Information Regarding Qassem Soleimani To CIA

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Iran To Execute Citizen Who Allegedly Leaked Information Regarding Qassem Soleimani To CIA

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On June 9th, Iran’s judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili announced that Tehran would carry out the execution an Iranian citizen, who allegedly provided the CIA with information about the whereabouts of Major General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike on January 3rd.

“Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd, one of the spies for CIA and [the Israeli intelligence service] Mossad has been sentenced to death. He gave the whereabouts of martyr [Qasem] Soleimani to our enemies”, Gholamhossein Esmaili told a televised news conference.

“He passed on security information to the Israeli and American intelligence agencies about Iran’s armed forces, particularly the Guards. He was sentenced to death by a revolutionary court and a supreme court has upheld his death sentence. He will be executed soon.”

The Iranian Students News Agency reported Esmaili as saying that Mousavi-Majd had been paid in US dollars for his information.

Officials have not said whether Mousavi-Majd’s case is linked to Iran’s announcement in February that a man had been sentenced to death for spying for the CIA and attempting to pass on information about Tehran’s nuclear programme.

According a report published in March by Newsweek, the operation to kill Soleimani was so secret that only a few individuals knew of it.

According to unnamed sources, Soleimani’s assassination was carried out in such secrecy that even the US military’s own spy satellites, the so-called “national technical means” (NTM), did not know about the drone’s position.

One of the sources claimed that there was “no GPS track on the MQ-9 Reaper as it made its way toward Baghdad International Airport, nor was there any indication of its flight provided to radar systems tasked with identifying friendly aircraft”.

Tehran announced in December it had arrested eight people “linked to the CIA” and involved in nationwide street protests that erupted the previous month over a surprise petrol price hike.

It also said in July 2019 that it had dismantled a CIA spy ring, arresting 17 suspects between March 2018 and March 2019 and sentencing some of them to death.

The January 3 strike that killed Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces, and five others, including the militias’ airport protocol officer, Mohammed Reda.

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