Iran claims to bust CIA spy ring, arrests 17; death sentences; U.S. says ‘lies’

Iran claims to bust CIA spy ring, arrests 17; death sentences; U.S. says ‘lies’
That turn at Albuquerque will get you every time. Twitter, @fpleitgenCNN video

[Ed. – These appear to all be Iranians, and it looks like Iran is just cleaning house (probably being paranoid in some cases) and exploiting an opportunity to blame the U.S.  Pompeo doesn’t address it directly because he’s following normal policy: we don’t comment on these allegations about spies. That only sets up an expectation that we would comment in other cases.  No one can stop Trump from tweeting about it in his own unique way, however.]

President Trump on Monday dismissed as “more lies and propaganda” claims out of Iran alleging authorities there had disrupted a CIA spy ring and sentenced several of the plotters to death — a development that threatened to further inflame an already precarious staredown between the Islamic Republic and the United States. …

Pompeo, while not commenting directly on the spy report, advised caution and noted Iran has a history of lying.

“I can’t add much to it specifically,” Pompeo told “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning. “I would urge everyone who’s reading that story that the Iranian regime has a long history of lying. …”

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