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Iran to pursue case of NSA spying on Khamenei's plane

Iran Materials 5 November 2013 11:42 (UTC +04:00)
Iran will seriously pursue the case of the U.S. National Security Agency’s(NSA) spying on Iranian Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during his trip to Kurdistan Province in the country’s northwest, Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said.
Iran to pursue case of NSA spying on Khamenei's plane

Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 5 / Trend, N. Umid

Iran will seriously pursue the case of the U.S. National Security Agency's(NSA) spying on Iranian Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during his trip to Kurdistan Province in the country's northwest, Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said, Iranian State IRINN TV reported.

Iran condemns cyber spying, she said at the weekly press conference in Tehran, adding that Iran will pursue the case in several aspects, in particular political aspect.

Afkham also underlined that Iran accompanies international movements for securing cyber space and internet.

On November 2, NY Times said that the NSA monitored Khamenei's plane, during his trip to Kurdistan, citing agency's documents which released by Edward J. Snowden.

In May 2009, analysts at the agency learned that Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was to make a rare trip to Kurdistan Province in the country's mountainous northwest, according to NY Times' report.

The agency immediately organized a high-tech espionage mission, part of a continuing project focused on Ayatollah Khamenei called Operation Dreadnought.

Working closely with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which handles satellite photography, as well as G.C.H.Q., the N.S.A. team studied the Iranian leader's entourage, its vehicles and its weaponry from satellites, and intercepted air traffic messages as planes and helicopters took off and landed.

They heard Ayatollah Khamenei's aides fretting about finding a crane to load an ambulance and fire truck onto trucks for the journey. They listened as he addressed a crowd, segregated by gender, in a soccer field.

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