Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is claiming that the highest-ranking Iranian intelligence official in charge of countering Israeli spies in Iran was himself an agent of Israel.
In a video interview published on Friday and quoted by Iran International, Ahmadinejad attributed the success of Israel's intelligence operations in Iran to the high level of Israel’s influence and infiltration in the Iranian intelligence and security agencies.
He implicitly acknowledged that Israeli spies were involved in two explosions in the Iranian uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, and that Israel had been closely monitoring nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh's moves for a long time before killing him in November 2020.
Ahmadinejad spoke of "a corrupt gang at the high level of the Islamic Republic's intelligence agencies."
"This corrupt gang should disclose its role in the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists and the explosions at the enrichment site in Natanz. They stole important documents from Torquzabad and the Iranian Space Agency. These are no jokes. Extremely important documents have been stolen and the country's security has been compromised," he claimed.
"They carried out a major operation in Torquzabad (near Tehran). They gave several vanloads of documents to Israel. It was not just one piece of paper. There were several vans. How did they manage to get several vans out of the country with all the checkpoints in this country?" he continued.
Ahmadinejad added that the Iranian intelligence agencies "concealed the news from the people, and we found out about it only when the documents reached the enemies and they revealed the matter." Ahmadinejad added that "The documents at the Iranian Space Agency were in a safe that belonged to the agency's chief. The agents pierced the roof, went in through the hole, opened the safe and took the documents."
He also attributed the killing of Fakhrizadeh to the activities of the same gang of intelligence operatives. "The Intelligence Minister, Mahmoud Alavi, even said the Ministry knew about the time and place of the operation beforehand, but it was never known who neglected the intelligence information and cooperated [with Israeli agents]."
Ahmadinejad is notorious for his calls for Israel to be wiped off the map and for his Holocaust denial while serving as Iran’s President.
In 2019, Ahmadinejad insisted he is not an anti-Semite and is merely opposed to the “Zionist government”.
Despite the comments, Ahmadinejad did not distance himself from his past anti-Semitic statements or Holocaust denial, which he said was his “proudest moment” as president.