November 22, 2011
More than a dozen spies working for the CIA in Iran and Lebanon have been caught, and US officials fear they have been or will be executed, ABC News reported.
The spies were paid informants recruited by the CIA for two espionage operations — one targeting Iran and the other focused on Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed organization based in Beirut and designated by the State Department as a terror group.
“Espionage is a risky business,” a US official briefed on the developments told ABC.
The official confirmed that several spies had disappeared over the past six months and were possibly killed, but did not say how many spies were involved. “If they were genuine spies, spying against Hezbollah, I don’t think we’ll ever see them again,” former CIA officer Robert Baer told ABC.