August 30, 2018 - Recent focus on the Iranian regime’s espionage operations inside the United States and the arrest of two Iranian agents suspected to be pursuing significant measures targeting the Iranian opposition are only “the tip of the iceberg,” according to a prominent Member of Congress and U.S. officials speaking out on the subject.
Rep. Peter Roskam (R., Ill.) is telling the media it is highly likely the Iranian regime has from long ago stationed a large number of agents linked to Tehran in the U.S. to carry out intelligence operations. Tehran is known to have a variety of targets in interest, especially members of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the main NCRI member.
The arrest of Iranian regime spies continues to make noise in the media. All the while, Roskam is saying he is anything but surprised that these reports have already led to the revelation of concrete evidence regarding Tehran’s efforts to fuel discord throughout the world, including inside mainland United States.
In an interview with the Washington Free Beacon, Roskam went as far as saying this is “a result of the Iran regime getting financial support from the Obama administration in the Iran deal.”
The lack of international repercussions has emboldened the Iranian regime to continue its malign actions across the region and to expand its intelligence network inside the U.S. during the years of the highly flawed Iran nuclear deal.
Last week the Trump Justice Department announced the arrest of two Iranian regime operatives, charging them with spying on behalf of Tehran’s mullahs. This discovery has evolved into focusing on the Iranian regime’s global spy network and operations.
This follows long-term warnings from lawmakers and experts about the Iranian regime stationing “sleeper cells” and expanding its spy network across the U.S.
“The two Iranian individuals—identified as Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, and Majid Ghorbani, an Iranian citizen and resident of California—were formally charged by the Trump administration ‘with allegedly acting on behalf of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran by conducting covert surveillance of Israeli and Jewish facilities in the United States, and collecting identifying information about American citizens and U.S. nationals who are members of the group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK),’ an Iranian opposition group that promotes regime change in the Islamic Republic, the DOJ announced,” according to the Beacon.
"The propaganda network that Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube uncovered was doubling as a hacking network that had been ramping up in the last couple of years," the Beacon reported citing a source, and referring to a recent unveiling of a massive social media influence campaign believed to be organized by the Iranian regime.