“We found out that their skin attracts atomic waves and that they were nuclear spies who wanted to find out where inside the Islamic republic of Iran we have uranium mines and where we are engaged in atomic activities.”
Hassan Firuzabadi — Former Chief of Staff of Iran’s Military (February 13 2018)
“That is insane.”
John Timmer — Ars Technica Science Editor
“During the Napoleonic Wars, a French ship allegedly crashed off the English coast near Hartlepool. The only survivor was a monkey that was dressed in a French military uniform, presumably onboard to entertain the crew. Unfortunately, because the residents had never seen a Frenchman before and because the monkey didn’t speak English (obviously), they believed he was a French spy. As a result, the monkey was hanged.”
Animals Who May or May Not Have Been Used as Spies — Jill Harness
The senior military advisor to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed in a press conference in Tehran that Western nations have deployed lizards as nuclear spies. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
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Have Intelligences Agencies really trained various animal species to spy on their enemies? Some stories are certainly well documented while others are just rumours never actually proven. And to be sure, some allegations seem highly dubious, if not ridiculous. But this new one is completely out of the ordinary!
Agence France-Presse reports that Hassan Firuzabadi — former chief of staff of Iran’s military — justified the recent arrest of environmentalists by claiming that the West had used scientists and environmental activists to spy on Iran’s nuclear program by deploying lizards that could “attract atomic waves.”
There has been a recent wave of arrests of prominent Iranian environmentalists.
Kavous Seyed Emami, a sociology professor and environmental activist who also held Canadian citizenship, was arrested last month and died in prison this past weekend—reportedly hanging himself while held in solitary confinement.
Emami was the founder of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, a group dedicated to the protection of Iran’s endangered species.
A number of other activists associated with the foundation were also arrested in the sweep last month, including Iranian-American businessman Morad Tahbaz—a board member—and Hooman Jokar, a vice-chairman of the foundation and head of the Asiatic Cheetah desk at Iran’s Department of the Environment. Kaveh Madani was also arrested and briefly held over the weekend.
According to the Fars News Agency, the head of Iran’s Justice Department said that the activists were arrested “for transferring intelligence to foreigners, and it is likely that more activists will be arrested.” [Ars Technica]
Just in case people still care about the truth
There is no doubt that pigeons were used to convey secret messages during WWI and WWII. As a matter of fact, the German considered that anyone who possessed such animals was a spy. The incontrovertible proof was followed by a death sentence.
Guess what? To any spy, there is a counter spy. And soon various intelligence agencies trained falcons to intercept the pigeons!
Not long ago, we learned that the CIA had ‘equipped’ cats with (electronic) bugs to spy on people in the streets of Moscow. The US NAVY trained dolphins and Sea Lions for spying activities while DARPA tried to train Sharks.
In 2000, India accused Pakistan of sending hawks across the border. The birds were equipped with surveillance equipment.
In 2013, Iranian intelligence operatives detained 14 squirrels, claiming the animals were carrying spy gear used for eavesdropping.
And in October 2017, the CIA tweeted that it had to make the tough decision to drop Lulu — 18-month-old labrador — from their bomb-sniffing program. “Sometimes, even after testing, our pups make it clear being an explosive detection K9 isn’t for them,” the CIA stated.
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This being said, I must admit that I have never heard anything about lizards’ skin having special properties for absorbing uranium.
On the other hand, this much is true!
On the other hand, how many people know that tobacco plants do exactly that?
Tobacco smoke contains a radioactive chemical element called polonium-210. It’s the same substance that poisoned the Russian Alexander Litvinenko in London.
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A study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that tobacco companies have known about the danger of polonium in cigarette smoke for over 50 years.
These companies worked very hard at discrediting academics who had discovered this ‘inconvenient truth’.
Monique Muggli, who led the review, examined over 1,500 internal documents from tobacco companies.
Most of these have never been published and were made available through legal action.
“Internal tobacco industry documents reveal that the companies suppressed publication of their own internal research to avoid heightening the public’s awareness of radioactivity in cigarettes.”
Perhaps, one should start a campaign: “We are all Litvinenko.” That is scientifically TRUE.
PS/ A Western European newspaper reported that Russian Intelligence Services had trained moose to spy on Finland. Truth or Fake news?
The CIA’s Trained Animal Spies
The Central Intelligence Agency of the United States, or the CIA, plays an integral role in collecting foreign intelligence.
But their most highly trained spies have reportedly been animals like cats, birds or dolphins.
According to a former trainer, a variety of animals were conditioned and taught certain behavior to be used as spies for the CIA.
Working under the guise of the Animal Behavior Enterprises in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Bob Bailey reportedly trained animals to act as surveillance tools for government agencies .
Ravens have been trained to land in a specific window, open desk drawers, and carry large packages or files.
One infamous operation, known as acoustic kitty, utilized a cat to spy on an Asian diplomatic target that would have cats moving in and out of the room during meetings.
The cat was trained to listen to a certain voice and was then used as a transmission device to listen to the target’s meetings.
The cat could be controlled by ultrasonic sound to make it move in a certain direction.
Even insects were considered by the US military to be used as spies.
Iran Defense Official : “West Sent Lizards as Nuclear Spies”