The semi-official Fars News Agency of Iran outdid itself on Tuesday, posting claims that Tehran's intelligence agents have infiltrated "those countries that have taken a hard line on the Islamic Republic."
The claims were made by Hojjatoleslam Gholamreza Safayee, chief of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Office for Ideological and Political Affairs.
"We have infiltrated the enemy's spy agencies," posited the senior official in Tehran on Tuesday, without given any other details whatsoever.
The article was accompanied by an image with the symbols of the CIA, the UK's MI6, and the Mossad, in a clear indication of which "hard line" countries Fars was insinuating were infiltrated.
Safayee also claimed that the "inside job" was to credit for the "capture of the executed ringleader of (the) Jundollah terrorist group four years ago," referring to Abdolmalek Rigi, who founded and led the Sunni militant group that opposes Iran's occupation of Balochistan before being executed in 2010.
Fars has a long history of far-fetched claims, such as when it reported in late October that an IDF colonel had been captured fighting for Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq.
A commander of the Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi'ite militias claimed to the paper that "the Israeli colonel's name is Yusi Oulen Shahak and is ranked colonel in Golani Brigade of the Zionist regime's army with the security and military code of Re34356578765az231434."
The patently false nature of the claim was clear not least of all from the "military code" - IDF soldiers have a seven digit personal identification number that appears on their dog tags and military ID cards, which is not even remotely similar to the garbled string of letters and numbers listed in the report.
The lack of precision regarding the simple matter of IDF personal numbers would also seem to further belie the claims of Iranian infiltration of the Mossad.
While an Arab Muslim IDF soldier did recently betray Israel to join ISIS in Syria, as reported last Thursday, the alleged soldier Iran reported on was identified as a Jew.
Iranian officials have long claimed Israel and the US created ISIS, with Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi, head of Iran's Basij paramilitary force, just last month claiming Israel was behind the lethal Paris attacks instead of ISIS.