Iran claims to have retrieved 13,000 pages of intel from captured US Navy boat

(Jan. 5, 2016) Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Xavier Sierra, left, and Engineman 2nd Class Michael Schulz, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 10, conduct a crew swap in the Port of Djibouti in the Persian Gulf. Jan. 5, 2016.

The Iranian government claims to have acquired over 13,000 pages of information from electronic devices aboard the American Riverine Command Boat (RCB) seized in January.

According to Navy Times, Gen. Ali Razmjou, a naval commander in Iran’s  Revolutionary Guard, is reported to have said on Iranian media that intelligence information amounting to about 13,000 pages was retrieved from laptops, GPS devices and maps.

The Iranian Guard plans to publish a book based on the incident, based on media coverage and diplomatic reactions to the event from around the world.

Ten sailors were detained in January for less than 24 hours after their boats “drifted” into Iranian waters and were intercepted by Iranian naval forces.

U.S. Navy sailors detained by Iran.
U.S. Navy sailors detained by Iran.

According to Razmjou, the collection of intelligence falls within Iran’s rights under international law and that the recovered information could be used in various ways.

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