When you think of spies, sneaking around in offices and laboratories in the dark with a pen light in the teeth kinda comes to mind from the movies, right?
Not, “hey lets get a big truck and go steal 1,000 lbs of secret nuclear documents from out arch enemy” kinda shit.
By Raf Sanchez
1 MAY 2018 • 10:09AM
Israeli spies reportedly broke into an Iranian nuclear archive in southern Tehran last year and hauled out half a tonne of documents in operation completed in a single night.
The raid is said to have provided the intelligence behind Benjamin Netanyahu’s public accusation that Iran lied to the world about its nuclear programme before and after the 2015 Iran deal.
The Israeli prime minister described the operation as one of Israel’s “biggest-ever intelligence achievements” but gave few details about how it came about during his speech at the Israeli defence ministry on Monday.
An Israeli official told the New York Times that the Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence agency, first learned of the facility in the Shorabad district of Tehran in February 2016 – just weeks after the nuclear agreement went into force.
The site was kept under surveillance for nearly two years. “Few Iranians knew where it was, very few, and also a few Israelis,” Mr Netanyahu said.
Mossad operatives broke into the unassuming warehouse and stole 55,000 pages of documents and 183 CDs worth of information, Israel said. Mr Netanyahu said the operation was completed “a few weeks ago”.
The vast haul was reportedly spirited out of Iran and back to Israel in a single night. There was no detail about how the Mossad agents managed to get such a large and physically heavy haul out of the country.
Donald Trump was reportedly briefed on the operation this January by Yossi Cohen, the head of the Mossad, during a trip to Washington.
The documents, which were almost all in Farsi, were shared with the US. “We assess that the documents we have reviewed are authentic,” said Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state.
Israel said it planned to share the intelligence with Britain and other members of the P5+1 bloc as well as with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN atomic watchdog .
Knowing how Hardass them fuckin’ Iranian Mullah’s can be, you can pretty much guarantee that they figured out just who was supposed to be guarding that shit when it got ripped off.
I don’t really want to think about what happened next.