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Female-dominated Iranian spy ring dismantled in Israel – RT World News

Israel’s security service, the Shin Bet, says it dismantled an Iranian spy ring made up of four women and one man – all Israeli nationals of Iranian descent – who collected sensitive information in exchange for money.

The suspects are accused of providing an Iranian intelligence agent with photos of various strategic sites in Israel, including the US consulate in Tel Aviv. Members of the network also reportedly attempted to establish contact with Israeli politicians at the behest of their Iranian manager, who was posing as a Jewish man living in Iran named Rambod Namdar.

According to Israeli media, the five people involved in the criminal activities are also Jewish immigrants from Iran or descendants of Iranian immigrants.

Namdar reportedly first contacted Israeli women on Facebook and then switched to the WhatsApp messaging service.

The suspects have all been indicted by the Jerusalem District Court over the past month.

Their lawyers had argued that the women did not know Namdar’s true identity and had no intention of undermining Israel’s security.

The Shin Bet, however, insisted that at least some of the suspects had received ample reason to suspect that their correspondent was not who he claimed to be. A niece of one of the women involved, who lives in Iran and visited her Israeli relative, bringing a reward in the amount of $ 1,000 in jewelry from Namdar, warned the suspect that the man “was unknown to the Jewish community in Tehran.However, the woman continued to make Iran’s offers regardless, according to Israeli security officials.

The other suspects have also reportedly received thousands of dollars in return for their assistance.

The indictment says one of the women refused to perform some of Namdar’s duties, however, including providing him with the email address of then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the chief’s phone number. of the Israel Defense Forces, Aviv Kochavi, as well as taking photos of the Mossad. headquarters and military bases.

The Iranian agent also reportedly repeatedly requested nude photographs of the suspect, which ultimately led the woman to block Namdar’s number.

According to The Times of Israel, although the discovery of the alleged spy ring revealed weaknesses that Iran could attempt to exploit in the future, none of those involved apparently had access to important classified documents, and therefore, their alleged activities probably did not seriously compromise Israel’s national security.

Commenting on the case, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, however, urged his compatriots to be cautious as there was “”relentless efforts and attempts by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps to recruit Israeli citizens.“The Prime Minister added that”people behind the information you consume or share on networksCould be Iranians. The Shin Bet echoed these warnings, pointing out that Iranian intelligence services were not only seeking sensitive information, but also attracting Israelis.abroad to harm them,“, As stated by the security service.

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