The PJ Tatler

I Am Not in Baku

From the JPost:

Azerbaijan, a small Eurasian country which shares a border with Iran, is teeming with Mossad agents working to collect intelligence on the happenings within the Islamic Republic, The Times Of London reported Saturday, citing testimony from an anonymous agent active in the country referred to only as “Shimon.”

“This is ground zero for intelligence work,” Shimon told The Times. “Our presence here is quiet, but substantial. We have increased our presence in the past year, and it gets us very close to Iran. This is a wonderfully porous country.”

According to Shimon, the border with Iran, just hours south of Azerbaijan’s capital of Baku is prime territory to gather intelligence about Tehran’s activities. “There is a great deal of information there from people who regularly and freely travel across the borders. It is unregulated — almost. Except for the Iranians who are watching us watch them,” he said.

There are even more members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in Azerbaijan than Israeli agents, but their methods differ from those of the Mossad men, Shimon told The Times. “The Iranians act in the open, they want everyone to know that they are here. The Israelis are more subtle, like the Americans. But in the end everyone knows they are here too.”

I am not in Baku and I never met a man from The Times of London. I am in Casablanca. And I came here for the waters.