US urges Iran to free alleged CIA spy after TV confession


The US state department has called on Iran to release an American man who was arrested in Tehran and accused of being a CIA spy tasked with infiltrating the regime's intelligence service.

Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, a 28-year-old Iranian American, confessed on state-run television to spying for Washington. The broadcast claimed he had received training in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Speaking English and Persian, Hekmati said he had been asked by the US to approach Iran's intelligence services in order to act as a double agent.

"They told me: 'You will become a source of military and intelligence information for the Iranians for three weeks and we will give you money for this and then you..

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