Report: Israel informed Britain of Iranian plan to attack local journalists – The Times of Israel | Team Cansler

Israel provided British authorities with intelligence that enabled them earlier this month to thwart an Iranian plot to attack Britain-based journalists, public broadcaster Kan reported on Monday.

The unsourced report says the information is about the threat facing two reporters from Iran International, a London-based network critical of the Tehran regime.

In a statement on November 7, the network said: “Two of our British-Iranian journalists have been briefed on an increase in threats against them in recent days. The Metropolitan Police have now officially informed both journalists that these threats pose an imminent, credible and serious threat to their lives and those of their families. Other members of our staff have also been notified directly by the Metropolitan Police of separate threats.”

She blamed the threat on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a powerful Iranian military organization also responsible for covert operations abroad.

Two days later, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly summoned Iran’s senior diplomats to London and accused Tehran of threatening the journalists.

Then, last Saturday, armed vehicles were deployed outside the Iran International television studios in London.

Around seven vehicles were parked outside the studio in Chiswick Park, west London, after “serious and credible” threats were recently made against the two journalists, a spokesman for him told AFP at the time.

Police confirmed their officers were “working in response to potential threats being projected from Iran against a number of UK residents”.

“Although we will not go into detail as to what these are, it does involve the presence of patently armed police near the west London offices of a UK-based Persian-language media outlet,” the force told AFP in a statement.

The channel, which broadcast recent protests in the Middle East nation, has been banned by Iran as a “terrorist” organization but is still accessible via the internet.

“The threats against us have escalated in the course of the protests in Iran because we are reporting on them 24/7,” said the media spokesman.

He said the presence of armored vehicles was a “massive deterrent” that had “reassured” staff.

“They’ve been working there for five years, they’re used to it. Their families are threatened in Iran,” he told AFP.

“Recently in Tehran wanted posters were put up with some of the faces of our moderators.”

“But the spirit just keeps going,” he said.

Britain’s MI5 intelligence agency said last week Iran plans to kidnap or kill UK residents it deems “enemies of the regime”, with at least 10 such plans uncovered so far this year.

Director-General Ken McCallum, speaking at the agency’s Thames House headquarters, warned that Iran “projects a direct threat to the UK via its aggressive intelligence agencies”.

He said this could include “ambitions to kidnap or even kill British or UK residents who are perceived as enemies of the regime”.

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