Jane VaynmanDeploy the Spy Squirrels

I have often wondered, what kind of intelligence capabilities would we need to know whether the Iranians were hiding a nuclear weapons program?

Now, eureka. Clearly, we need spy squirrels. Even those cunning Brits are doing it.

Thank you NBC blog, this made my day:

The official Islamic Republic News Agency reported this week, that police had, ahem, “arrested” 14 squirrels on charges of espionage.

The rodents were found near the Iranian border, allegedly equipped with eavesdropping devices, according to IRNA.

[snip]

IRNA said that the squirrels were discovered by intelligence services – but were captured by police officers several weeks ago.

The reaction to the report on Tehran’s streets was varied – from disbelief to assigning guilt for the alleged infraction.

“No, I had not heard about this, but it does not surprise me, foreign countries are always meddling in Iran,” said Hassan Mohmmadi, a fast-food vendor.

Mohammadi asked me if I knew where the squirrels were from, and I told him that I didn’t know. Then he came to his own conclusions. “I bet they were British squirrels, they are the most cunning,” he replied.

Happy friday.

Comments

  1. John Fleck (History)

    The crack investigative team here at the Albuquerque Journal is suspicious. Our wildlife expert is convinced the picture above is a chipmunk. Perhaps there is more to this story than we realize.

  2. Scott K
  3. Rudi (History)

    The problem with this story is that it only verification comes from biased Israelis news and websites. It’s probably just propaganda like the “Jews and patches” false story. But, the humor level is beyond question, even for a phony story.

  4. Arrigo (History)

    “The crack investigative team here at the Albuquerque Journal is suspicious. Our wildlife expert is convinced the picture above is a chipmunk. Perhaps there is more to this story than we realize.”

    It’s Alvin & the Chipmunks!!! Amazing cover, brilliant thinking, sublime execution, “rock the Iranian self-confidence”!

  5. Don

    I don’t know which is better, the spy squirrels in Iran or the giant man-eating badgers in Iraq!

  6. hass (History)

    Bring out the Dramatic Chipmunk!

    Anyway, turns out the British map was inaccurate . . .

    Would you care for some yellowcake?

  7. Dumass (History)

    Google show 9,900 hits. I went through the first 150 or so trying to find the source. Every one said something along the lines of “INRA said…” but all the links were to second-hand sources e.g. newspaper articles. The whole thing was fairly ‘self-referential as it were… Finally, go the link below. Unfortunatelt it presumable is in Farsi, can someone translate??http://www1.irna.ir/fa/news/view/menu-151/8604155760160419.htm

  8. Todd (History)

    The blog neglects to mention the tragi-comic “acoustic kitty” project run by CIA in the 60s. http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB54/st27.pdf. Armed with the right history, this story takes on a high degree of plausibility. It’s not paranoia if the animals are really after you.

  9. j house (History)

    These squirrel’s tradecraft in chipmunk disguise obviously fooled the Albuquerque Journal.There is rumor this operation is being run out of the NSC with Cheney’s involvement….this could be bigger than Iran-Contra.

  10. hass

    Dummass – the article say that some official said that he had heard about it but doesn’t know more.

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