Another MOIS Agent posing as a journalist in Albania


Ministry of Intelligence and Security

Ministry of Intelligence and Security

The Security and Counterterrorism of the National Council of Resistance of Iran publishes the attached letter by Farid Shah Karami, dated November 13, 2019, detailing his contacts with an agent of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) named Danial Kasra’i, to draw attention to the schemes pursued by the Iranian Regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) against the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

On November 12, 2019, the Iran Efshagar website published a letter by Farid Shah Karami, 26, who had apologized and expressed regret for his contacts with MOIS agents in Albania. (See here). He had explained how the MOIS had used Danial Kasra’i to deceive him to participate in a television program alongside another MOIS operative, Rahman Mohammadian (a former POW in the eight-year Iran-Iraq war).

Introducing himself as a journalist, Kasra’i had previously been employed as a reporter by the Iranian state-owned television, Press TV in Rome. The MOIS sent him from Italy to Albania simultaneous with the relocation of the final groups of MEK members from Iraq to Albania. He was assigned, among other things, to recruit individuals to pose as “former MEK members,” to engage in a campaign of demonization against the organization, and to collect intelligence for terrorist operations. To this end, he came in contact with another MOIS agent in Albania, named Ehsan Bidi. Some time ago, MOIS websites reported the arrest of Bidi in Albania.

To lure his victims, Kasra’i introduced himself as a reporter for the Albanian Television Channel, TV KALAN, from which he claimed to be receiving a monthly salary of 7,000 Euros. On other occasions, he would say that he was a policeman. On August 20, 2019, he deceived Shah Karami, using the pretext of requesting to see his relatives, and drove him to the gate of Ashraf-3 to collect the needed information. On several previous occasions, Kasra’i had gone to the local people and cafés in the vicinity of Ashraf-3 to gather intelligence.

Ultimately, Kasra’i convinced Shah Karami to participate in a television program and lash out at the MEK. The program was broadcast four months later, containing remarks which Shah Karami had never made during the original interview. When Shah Karami confronted Kasra’i, the latter promised to offer him monetary assistance.

Dispatching spies and mercenaries to Ashraf-3 by using the pretext of journalism or family visits is one of the thinly-veiled espionage and terrorist tactics employed by the MOIS.

On October 23, 2019, the Albanian Police Chief held a press conference on the discovery of an espionage and terrorist network active against the MEK that was being directed from Tehran by the IRGC’s terrorist Quds Force. One of its agents, Alireza Naghashzadeh, carrying an Austrian passport, had posed as a “former MEK member” and traveled to Albania on the pretext of visiting his mother.

At the same time, another Quds Force operative, Abdolkhalegh Malekzadeh was in constant contact with Abdulselam Turgut, a professional criminal in Turkey.

Earlier, on April 9, 2018, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama had exposed an MOIS terrorist plot against the MEK’s Nowruz celebration. Previous to that, the Albanian media had reported the arrest of two Iranian agents posing as journalists, detained while engaging in photography for their plot.

On July 9, 2017, former regime Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahian acknowledged, “The Ministry of Intelligence needs cover to collect intelligence, whether inside or outside [Iran]. We don’t send an intelligence agent to Germany or America to say I work with the Ministry of Intelligence. A commercial or journalistic cover is needed.”

Source » ncr-iran

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