“Totally False” Trump Responds to Iran Claim They Captured CIA Spies

President Trump has taken to Twitter to respond to Iran’s claim they captured 17 CIA spies, including sentencing some to death.

Trump has called the provocative report “totally false.”

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! 

Per BusinessInsider, Iran says that it has detained 17 of its citizens accused of spying for the CIA and that some of them will be executed.

The country’s intelligence ministry said it had broken up a spying ring consisting of Iranians who were lured by a chance to move to the US and work there, CNN reported on Monday.

The suspects were “employed in sensitive and vital private sector centers in the economic, nuclear, infrastructural, military, and cyber areas … where they collected classified information,” an Iranian intelligence official told state TV on Monday, according to Sky News.

The intelligence official did not give his name, which Sky News said was unusual.

The CIA has not responded to Iran’s announcement.

In a Monday-morning tweet, however, US President Donald Trump called Iran’s allegations “totally false,” characterizing them as “just more lies and propaganda” by what he called “a Religious Regime that is Badly Failing and has no idea what to do.”

In a Monday interview with “Fox & Friends,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the CIA director from 2017 to 2018, declined to comment on Iran’s announcement but said “the Iranian regime has a long history of lying.”

“I would take with a significant grain of salt any Iranian assertion about actions that they’ve taken,” Pompeo added.

The mission of the spying suspects had been to collect classified information “from substantial centers as well as intelligence/technical operations,” the intelligence ministry said in a document cited by CNN.

Iranian authorities arrested the suspects months ago, with many of them detained in prison since, according to Sky News and CNN.

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From DailyMail 

An Iranian media outlet has released photographs of some of the 17 ‘CIA spies’ its government claims to have captured.

Photographs of some of the men were shared on Twitter on Monday by the Tasnim News Agency along with ‘details’ of their apparent work for the US.

The images and information were released by the Iranian intelligence and security forces, the agency reported.  They have not been verified by the US or any other government.

All of the ‘spies’ are Iranian nationals who the Iranian government claims were lured by the US with the promise of getting visas, according to Iran, which claims they were arrested in the Iranian calendar year which ended in March.

Only now are their arrests being made public as the standoff between the West and Tehran intensifies.

As the photos emerged on Monday, President Trump denied that anyone had been arrested and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed to Iran’s history of lying.

‘The Report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false,’ Trump wrote in a tweet.