Today Iran claimed it had “disrupted” a CIA spy ring, arrested 17 people, and even sentenced several to death. Pompeo and Trump appear to not be shaken and Pompeo advised caution to “everyone who’s reading that story that the Iranian regime has a long history of lying. They lied about where they shot down the American UAV, they now lied about where they took down this tanker.
It’s part of the nature of the Ayatollah to lie to the world. I would take with a significant grain of salt any Iranian assertion of Iranian actions taken.”
In a “report” read on Iranian state television, “The identified spies were employed in sensitive and vital private sector centers in the economic, nuclear, infrastructural, military and cyber areas…where they collected classified information” said a ministry. The wording is awfully vague and does seem to be quite peculiar that everyone just happened to be “vital” parts of “economic, nuclear, infrastructural, military…etc.” It seems almost too good to be true, which is also what Trump believes.
The Report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false. Zero truth. Just more lies and propaganda (like their shot down drone) put out by a Religious Regime that is Badly Failing and has no idea what to do. Their Economy is dead, and will get much worse. Iran is a total mess!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2019
In my opinion, spycraft and diplomacy result in very little against a hellish regime if action is delayed or never taken. Spies will eventually be caught or die, and diplomacy will become rhetoric without action!