For more on a related story check this out. Makes one wonder if we were so wrong to intern the Japanese and Germans in WW2. In fact the treatment of them was wring. Taking the property of those who were not enemies was wrong. But the internment itself? One spy can make the difference between winning and losing a war.
Footage released by the CIA shows a man conducting a clandestine arms deal in a Tbilisi, Georgia hotel, allegedly procuring parts of weapons and other military systems for use in Iran.
The Iranian F-5 [illustrative].
Photo: Iranian Air Force site
Unbeknownst to the man, the dealers he is talking to were in fact undercover CIA agents.
According to a Channel 2 analyst, where the footage was aired Sunday evening, the fake transaction in the hotel, which ended in the man’s arrest, may be a modus operandi of the Iranian regime and there is no telling how many similar transactions end successfully, from the point of view of the Iranians.
In the footage, Amir Hussein Aldabili is seen sitting in a hotel room with two other men, telling them “They need 1000 [pieces] of this kind… they are making a special radar… a phase array radar.”
When the men ask Aldabili “Who will be the real customer?” he clearly answers “the customer is Iran… I don’t have customers outside Iran.”
Aldabili tells the men Iran needs avionics systems for its aging fleet of F-4 jets and for its Hercules C-130 cargo planes.
He explains Iran needs the parts because “If the US comes to war we should have… defenses [ready],” and promises “I can supply you with the money in two weeks.”
The men inquire how Aldabili will pay them and he confirms the money will come from Iran.
According to a Channel 2 analyst, the phase array radar discussed is supposed to complement the Russian S-300 aerial defense system Iran is attempting to procure (or, according to some analysts, has already procured) from Russia.
Aldabili was tried in the United States and sentenced to five years in prison.
Teheran denied any connection to the man.