I found the story on the Swedish Aftonbladet.se, I wasn’t sure if the story was true or not, but it was too funny not to mention it here.
The story said that IRI had captured 14 squirrel equipped with some electronic equipment and they believed they were American spies.
After searching some Iranian sites, I found the original broadcast from IRNA (Click on image to go to the IRNA page in Farsi):
It was too good to be missed in any English speaking papers so I searched for it and found it published on sky News:
Police in Iran are reported to have taken 14 squirrels into custody – because they are suspected of spying.
Britain’s latest secret weapon?
The rodents were found near the Iranian border allegedly equipped with eavesdropping devices.
The reports have come from the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
When asked about the confiscation of the spy squirrels, the national police chief said: “I have heard about it, but I do not have precise information.”
The IRNA said that the squirrels were kitted out by foreign intelligence services – but they were captured two weeks ago by police officers.
Foreign Office source told Sky News: “The story is nuts.”
But if true, this would not be the first time animals have been used to spy.
During World War II the Allied Forces used pigeons to fly vital intelligence out of occupied France.
More recently, US marines stationed in Kuwait have used chickens as a low-tech chemical detection system.
And it is well documented that dolphins have been used to seek out underwater mines.
It is even claimed that M15 once planned to recruit a team of specially-trained gerbils as a secret weapon to sniff out spies
Then I thought, maybe the story is bigger than this. Maybe IRI has found more of them and do not want to talk about it 🙂 Maybe one of these guys were among them:
The Insurgent squirrel:
The US Army squirrel:
The Taliban squirrel:
The British green Barret squirrel:
And here is the original Swedish story I found on Aftonbladet.se
För två veckor sedan grep iransk polis 14 ekorrar misstänkta för spioneri.
– Jag känner till ärendet men kan inte uttala mig om det, säger landets chef för den nationella polisstyrkan, enligt Sky News.
Ekorrarna ska ha varit utrustade med avlyssningsutrustning och enligt nyhetsbyrån Islamic Republic News Agency var de utsända av främmande makt för att spionera.