transcending off of computer networks and into the real world, with the
US allegedly putting boots on the ground. Iranian state television is
reporting that they’ve captured a CIA spy.
Overseas media reported over the weekend that Amir Mirza Hekmati, a
20-something American man of Iranian heritage, was abducted by Iranian
forces, to whom he confessed that he has been in cahoots with the
Central Intelligence Agency.
According to a taped confession offered up by Hekmati, the spy was
apprehended by Iranian intelligence after being dispatched into the
country from a US base in neighboring Afghanistan. The spy says he had
been working out of Bagram near the country’s border with Iran in
preparation for a CIA-led mission that has been years in the making, but
despite assurance from American authorities that his cover would not be
blown, Iranian intelligence intercepted him and is now holding him
Israeli news agency Debka is suggesting that
Iranian intelligence has managed to not just crack into the computer
networks of at least one American spy drone but also CIA headquarters in
Langley, Virginia outside of Washington DC. Following the downing of a
top-secret RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone aircraft over Iran earlier this
month, military officials speaking under condition of anonymity to
Debka say that such a take-down could only have been conducted by
infiltrating the command center inside the actual CIA compound.
Insiders suggest that it would take the exact coordinates and times of
the dispatched drone for Iranian intelligence to hijack the craft, which
went down on December 4. With Hekmati now being apprehended after a
decade of briefing by way of the Department of Defense, it only further
establishes that Iran has indeed infiltrated the American intelligence
community, causing concern for all involved that the cyber war between
nations is quickly escalating to a battle involving not just robotic
planes but soldiers, spies and international, undercover attacks.
The abduction of Hekmati comes amid weeks of worsening tensions between
Tehran and Washington, intensified by Iran’s recovery of a top-secret
RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone aircraft on December 4. Since acquiring
the spy plane, Iran has claimed that they have decoded the high-tech
American technology, much to the chagrin of the Obama administration.
The president has asked Iran to return the craft, which was in turn met
with mocking from overseas authorities and chastising of America’s
security by right-wing opponents of the presidents. As escalating
tensions between the countries coming to a boiling point, Republican
Party hopefuls in the US discussed in depth the need to attack Iran
during last week’s televised GOP debate.
Now it looks as if an attack was indeed in the works, with the CIA not
just attempting to infiltrate the computer networks of Iran, but sending
spies overseas to actually enter the intelligence community on foot.
According to a confession aired by Iranian television, the CIA hoped to
have Hekmati provide Iranian intelligence agencies with falsified
American information in hopes of gaining their trust, only to in turn
infiltrate their community and report back to the US.
“It was their (the US Central Intelligence Agency’s) plan to first burn
some useful information, give it to them (the Iranians) and let Iran’s
Intelligence Ministry think that this is good material,” he says.
Hekmati says in a taped confession that, upon graduating from high
school in 2001, he joined the US Army and received training from
military intelligence officials.
“I was then sent to a particular university to learn Middle Eastern
languages besides intelligence trainings. They told me they were willing
to send me to a university to learn Arabic language when they found I
was somehow familiar with Farsi and Arabic,” he says in his confession.
“I arrived in Iraq’s soil as an intelligence commentator as wearing
military uniform. My main commission was identification of Iraqi
The soldier also insists that he received training by way of Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the US Department of
Defense’s high-tech contractor that develops some of the Pentagon’s most
prestigious programs. Hekmati says he worked for them from 2005 through
2007, at which point he was recruited by Kuma Games Company, a
developer of computer programs that he says was used to create
CIA-favored propaganda. Hekmati says that Kuma received funding from the
CIA “to design and make special films and computer games to change the
public opinion’s mindset in the Middle East and distribute them among
Middle East residents free of charge.”
“The goal of Kuma Games was to convince the people of the world and Iraq
that what the US does in Iraq and other countries is good and
acceptable,” Hekmati adds.
Following his tenure with DARPA and Kuma, the spy says he began training
for a top-secret CIA mission that ended with his recent capture by
Iranian officials. Both BAE Systems and the CIA contacted him and
recruited him for the mission, which involved him going to Washington
for a briefing and then being dispatched to Afghanistan, where he worked
out of a base, traveling from there into Iraq, Iran and United Arab
Emirates as part of his mission.
“I was given access to the most secret data systems for gathering the
required information before being sent to US Bagram Base in
Afghanistan,” he adds.
Hekmati says that a CIA agent that worked alongside him assured him that
“the cover-up provided for me I would not face any problem in the way
of conducting my mission.”
Upon arriving in Bagram, however, Iran became aware of his intensions
and in recent days apprehended him after he crossed over the border.
If the spy’s confession is true, that would mean that Iranian
intelligence has abducted both an American aircraft and American citizen
this month. With Debka reporting last week that Iran could have
infiltrated the CIA’s headquarters outside of Washington, it would not
come as a surprise that the cyber war in the works has some gone off the
Internet and into the real world. In their report last week, Debka
claims that the downing of the Sentinel drone earlier this month could
not have been caused by just a hijacking of the plane’s internal
computer system, but most likely resulted from an attack within the
command center at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has insisted that the DoD will
“absolutely” continue its drone missions over Iran, but the abduction of
Hekmati adds up to the third strike against the States in just as many
weeks. If American decides to continue this game, it is going to take a
serious curveball to derail Iran from their intelligence operation
against the United States which has proved in recent weeks that it
without a doubt could ravage America’s defense, drones and all.