Iran denies access to Slovak accused of spying

cyberspy against iranSlovakia’s Foreign Ministry says it is being denied access to one of its citizens arrested in Iran on charges of spying for the United States.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Boris Gandel said on January 22 that attempts to visit 26-year-old Matej Valuch have so far failed.

Iranian state television aired what it said was a “confession” by Valuch on January 16.

In a report titled “The Hunter Trapped,” Valuch says he was recruited by the CIA and that he sent secret information about Iranians to a U.S. intelligence agency.

It was not clear if Valuch was under any kind of pressure when he made the video confession.

Iran is charging Valuch with threatening national security.

He reportedly went to Iran last summer to work in the telecommunications field.

By Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe


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