Amir Mirza Hekmati's 'Confession' Charges CIA Link to US Videogame Maker
January 10, 2012
Fars News Agency & Game Zone.com & Kavkaz Center
Details of Amir Mirza Hekmati's alleged 'confession' are difficult to find in the Western media but Iranian sources reveal details of the charges and evidence used against the former US marine. One surprising revelation is Hekmati's link to Kuma War, a US-based online war-game company that has reportedly worked for the US Army. Hekmati claims Kuma War also receives fund from the CIA. Kuma's "Battlefield 3" takes place in the streets of Tehran.
Iran Airs Confessions of Arrested CIA Spy
Fars News Agency
TEHRAN (December 12, 2011) -- Iran broadcasted the confessions of a young spy of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who was tasked with infiltrating the Iranian intelligence apparatus.
Iranian Intelligence Ministry announced on Saturday that it has arrested an agent of the CIA in Iran immediately after he started his spying activities inside the country.
The arrested spy has been born in Arizona of US and has a track record of ten years of training as a professional spy. Amir Mirza Hekmati was employed by the US Army's intelligence section in August 2001. In his confession that was broadcasted by Iranian TV on Sunday night, Hekmati explained his secret mission in Iran.
"I was graduated from high school in 2001 and decided to enter the US Army. It was in August 2001 that I wore the US Army uniform and underwent different military trainings of the army," Hekmati said. The spy noted that after undergoing general and special military trainings, he was sent to a special university to learn Middle Eastern languages besides intelligence trainings.
"When they realized that I know a little Persian and a little Arabic, they told me: 'We want to send you to a university to learn Arabic language'," Hekmati added. He pointed out that he then worked as intelligence analyst and entered Iraq in US Army uniform pursuing his main mission, which was identifying people among Iraqi officials.
"I studied the opinion of Iraqi officials regarding the US and the presence of US military in Iraq. Our goal was to pinpoint those Iraqi officials who were inclined toward the US and do something that in case of outbreak of any incident, they support US military. After sending our reports to US Army's intelligence department, security and intelligence officials held secret meetings with Iraqi officials and tried to establish closer ties with those officials," Hekmati said.
The arrested spy further noted that right at the end of his several months of mission in Iraq, he was employed by some intelligence companies such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) affiliated to the US Department of Defense. The mission of DARPA is strengthening the US Department of Defense's Cyber Security capabilities.
"After DARPA, I was recruited by Kuma Games Company, a computer games company which received money from CIA to design and make special films and computer games to change the public opinion's mindset in the Middle East and distribute them among Middle East residents free of charge. The goal of Kuma Games was to convince the people of the world and Iraq that what the US does in Iraq and other countries is good and acceptable," Hekmati said.
He noted that in July 2006, a woman contacted him and told that she was a government official. "After her contact, I successfully passed the psychological and medical tests, as well as lie detection tests before the same CIA agent contacted me and told me that I had to wait for their call," Hekmati said.
He pointed out that then "I was contacted by BAE Systems and I was informed that I had to return to Iraq as an intelligence analyst. I learnt how to use secret systems and methods for gathering information from different places and individuals. During this period, CIA was trying to find a suitable cover-up for my important mission," Hekmati added.
He further said that he was summoned to US and in Washington Hotel after one and half hours, a CIA agent informed him that he had to go to Iran for dealing with an intelligence project.
"The CIA agent by giving detailed information prepared me for my big mission, while assuring me that given the cover-up provided for me I would not face any problem in the way of conducting my mission," the arrested spy further added, the Islamic republic news agency reported.
Noting that during the process of conducting the project, he practiced a lot to become fully competent about the scenario, Hekmati noted that he was told that after being dispatched to Iran, he will become a source for Islamic Republic of Iran's Intelligence Ministry and provide the ministry with coordinated information within three weeks while receiving some amount of money in return before returning to US.
"I was given access to the most secret data systems for gathering the required information before being sent to US Bagram Base in Afghanistan," he said. The arrested spy went on to say that from US Bagram Base to Kabul was 45 minutes and he worked at a spy center in Bagram.
"I had a series of flights from Bagram, including a flight to Dubai where I stayed for two days and then I came to Tehran by plane afterwards." Hekmati added.
He pointed out that the CIA's plot was to provide Iran's Intelligence Ministry with a series of apparently important classified information and then see how successful they were before contacting me. "However, Iranian officials found out the truth. They dismantled the CIA spy network in Iran by finding out about my mission," Hekmati concluded.
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The World of Kuma War
Excerpts from the Kuma War Website
Kuma War is a series of playable recreations of real events in the War on Terror. Nearly 100 playable missions bring our soldiers' heroic stories to life, and you can get them all right now, for free. Stop watching the news and get in the game!
Kuma War Episode 108
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About Kuma Reality Games
Kuma\War is a free online war game that uses cutting-edge game technology to accurately reconstruct real-war events from the news. Kuma\War is a first and third-person squad-based war game. It is the first PC video game to bring the tactical FPS (shooter) into the 21st century by modeling missions on actual real-world events. Each month players get new single player and multiplayer games (missions), to reflect unfolding events around the world.
Armed with identical weapons in a realistic re-creation of various locations, you'll experience some of fiercest engagements in the most hostile territories in the world. A vast database of intelligence accompanies Kuma\War online games: satellite photos, political context, event details and the weaponry, tactics and forces involved. You'll also get exclusive video news shows and insight from a decorated team of military veterans.
Kuma Reality Games builds re-creations of real-world events using advanced gaming tools. Kuma\War, the first Kuma Reality Game, is a first and third-person tactical squad-based game that provides multiple updates monthly to the consumer's computer to reflect unfolding events in the real world. Each month Kuma\War players receive new updates, including playable game missions, video news shows, extensive intelligence gathered from news sources around the world, and insight from a decorated team of military veterans.
There are over 50 playable missions currently available. Many of the new missions are being developed in cooperation with the U.S. military and soldiers returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kuma Reality Games, headquartered in New York, New York is a privately held company.
At Kuma, we are very sensitive and respectful of American and coalition soldiers and the sacrifices they are making every day. We hope that by telling their stories with such a powerful medium that we enable the American public to gain a better appreciation of the conflicts and the dangers they face.
Is the CIA Funding Video Game Propaganda?
Vito Gesualdi / GameZone.com
(January 9, 2012) -- Distressing news came today about an Iranian court's decision to impose the death penalty on Amir Mizra Hekmati, an American citizen who was imprisoned in early 2011 on suspicion of being a spy. American officials maintain that Hekmati was simply visiting relatives, though it's his puported confession which is raising eyebrows, Hekmati admitting to working on the first person shooter Kuma\War, claiming that the game is funded by the CIA and operates as modern-day propganada, meant to sway the attitudes of youths in Iran and other middle-eastern countries in favor of United States military actions....
Kuma Games press page boasting "19 million users, with an additional 250,000 new players signing on each month." ... But Kuma\War seems to have been largely invisible here in the states, especially with the wealth of technological advanced shooters we have access to (Battlefield, Modern Warfare) reign. So who is playing Kuma\War? Given that the first language option on the Kuma Games website (aside from the default English) is Arabic, we have our suspicions.
CIA Orders Propaganda Video Games
(December 21, 2011) -- Amir Mirza Hekmati, who was arrested in Iran on suspicion of spying for the United States, said that the studio Kuma Games produces propaganda video games commissioned by the CIA, reports Tehran Times. The newspaper quoted excerpts from the confession of Hekmati, shown on Iranian television.
"The computer company Kuma Games was receiving money from the CIA to (produce) and design and distribute for free special movies and games with the aim of manipulating public opinion in the Middle East, Hekmati said. The goal of the company in question was to convince the people of Iran and the people of the entire world that whatever the US does in other countries is a good measure".
Kuma Games is New York-based company. It develops shooters for free, many of the episodes in games based on real US military operations.
In spring 2011 the company released a mission for game Kuma / War 2, in which the player is let to "kill" Osama bin Laden (martyr, Insha'Allah).
According to the portal Kotaku, Kuma Games has worked under contract for the US government (in 2006 it was announced that the company produced a training game for the American army), but information about the connection with the secret services have not previously received. Representatives of Kuma Games have not yet commented on Hekmati's statement.
Amir Mirza Hekmati, a US citizen of Iranian descent, was arrested in Iran on suspicion of espionage in the middle of December 2011. Shortly thereafter, on Iranian television has shown a record where Hekmati acknowledged that he had to infiltrate the Iranian intelligence and giving it false information.
Recently, the head of the Iranian National Center for Computer Games Behrouz Minai said that his organization is preparing to release a game that would become "a response to the Battlefield 3". This shooter has caused resentment of local authorities due to the fact that part of its action takes place on the streets of Tehran.
In the new project of Iranian developers, the country's army would attack Tel Aviv. According to Minai, they chose to target Israeli city because the attack on it would "anger the Zionist rulers in the US more than an attack on Washington".
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