ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 142

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Iran academic accused of spying for Mossad confesses to espionage on state TV

Iran’s state TV airs a broadcast in which an Iranian researcher confesses to relaying information to a foreign intelligence service about Iranian nuclear scientists who were later assassinated in 2010.

In the broadcast, Ahmad Reza Jalali, in jail since April 2016, says that during his studies in a European country, a man he identified as “Thomas” approached him with a job offer and ultimately recruited him to the country’s foreign intelligence service. He added that the service promised to make him a citizen of that country.

He did not name the country, but the broadcast carried images of a Swedish ID card and Rome’s Colosseum.

Jalali has been accused of passing information to Israel’s Mossad intelligence service during the negotiations that led to Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers in 2015.

Rights groups have condemned Jalali’s detention, saying it follows a pattern of Iran detaining dual nationals indefinitely without due process.

— AP

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