Former Iranian Security Minister Ali Younesi confirmed that “the Israeli Mossad has penetrated into various sectors of the Iranian regime during the last 10 years, to the extent that all Iranian officials are concerned for their lives.”
Younesi was speaking in an interview published on Tuesday. He said rivalries between the Intelligence Ministry, the Intelligence Organization of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), and other security services had led to weaknesses. “Parallel organizations are busy fighting insiders rather than monitoring and confronting infiltrators,” Younesi argued.
He explained that “the Israeli Mossad was able to launch several strikes in Iran, to the extent that it has become a clear and explicit threat to Iranian officials.”
He pointed out that the priority of the Iranian regime and its security services today is to “fight the critics at home, not the Israeli security incursion.”
Claiming all Israeli infiltration took place after he left the intelligence ministry in 2005, Younesi suggested Iran should remove sycophants and radicals who were the most likely to be lured by foreign intelligence agencies.
This is not the first time that a high-ranking figure in the Iranian regime has warned of the influence of spy agencies in Iran.
secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council, Mohsen Rezaei, issued a warning in mid-April, in which he said, “The country has witnessed widespread security pollution, for example, in less than a year, three security incidents occurred, two explosions and one assassination,” referring to the assassination of prominent nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed near the capital, Tehran, in an armed attack.
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also said in a press interview two weeks ago that “the anti-Israel official in the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence was a spy for Israel, and that Israel was able to obtain thousands of nuclear documents from the “Turquzabad” site, south of Tehran.