Iranian dissidents seized control of 210 websites, software applications, servers, data banks, and other aspects of the regime’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Sunday, May 7.
The front pages of these websites and software apps, associated with the Iranian regime’s Foreign Ministry and their embassies worldwide, were defaced and replaced with images of the Iranian Resistance leadership and slogans calling for the regime’s overthrow.
Reports suggest that the MFA’s servers and main data banks in Tehran were destroyed, with tens of thousands of documents confiscated by the Ghiam ta Sarnegouni (“Uprising Until Regime Overthrow”) group. The dissidents were also able to take control of the MFA’s main software applications and internal coordination programs, including apps managing news and reports, visas, appointments and referrals, personnel, salaries, and other branches.
In an audio file leaked in 2020, former Iranian regime foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif revealed that the MFA has been involved in security affairs since its inception, with orders and instructions focused on political-security matters.
The regime’s embassies are known for providing diplomatic cover for the regime’s diplomat terrorists, such as Assadollah Assadi, who was involved in a plot to bomb a massive rally of the Iranian opposition coalition NCRI back in 2018.
This group has also disclosed documents regarding the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ actions to bring back Assadi to Iran. Assadi was tried in a Belgium court and sentenced to 20 years in prison for his leading role in the foiled bombing plot. Documents from the MFA show that Iranian authorities have attempted to negotiate a prisoner exchange agreement with Belgium, held dozens of meetings with officials from European countries, and taken media actions, among other measures.
This group has also released documents from meetings between the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the Assadi case.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs document states that the case of Assadollah Assadi fell within the duties of the Ministry of Intelligence, and that “all relevant movements and activities” were managed and directed by the MOIS after his arrest.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reported that the committee formed in this regard sent several reports to the Office of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the regime’s Supreme National Security Council.
In this document, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has presented a report on its actions to conclude an agreement on the transfer of convicts between Iran and Belgium and has announced dozens of meetings with German and Belgian officials in this case.
Part of the 50 terabytes of documents obtained by Ghiam ta Sarnegouni includes meetings and measures by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the case of Asadollah Assadi.
In the documents, the authorities stress that Assadi’s case “has been a very high priority in the followup agenda of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and regional offices from the beginning.”
They also make it clear that Assadi’s case “is within the scope of the duties and responsibilities of the Ministry of Intelligence of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” The MOIS has been involved in all the stages of the process. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with the Ministry of Intelligence, has used all its capacities to consult and help manage the issue of Mr. Assadi,” one document says.
The documents also show that the regime is involved in hiring lawyers in Germany and Belgium to follow the case in both countries. Their follow-up items also include “Being on the agenda to pursue the conclusion of the agreement on the transfer of prisoners between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Belgium.”
According to the DeMorgen news website, the cabinet of Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne has confirmed that discussions with Iran were already underway before the regime arrested Olivier Vandecasteele, a Belgian humanitarian aid worker. The regime later used Vandecasteele as a bargaining chip to swap him with Assadi. The formal agreement with Iran was finalized on March 11, 2022.
On February 24, 2022, Vandecasteele was apprehended in Iran and subsequently subjected to a mock trial, resulting in a harsh sentence of 40 years in prison, 74 lashes, and a $1 million fine. The revealed documents indicated that the agreement had been specifically designed for Assadi, implicating Vandecasteele as a hostage the regime needed.