US Woman Detained as Spy, Says Iran

State media claim 55-year-old was found with microphone in mouth

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 6, 2011 9:26 AM CST

(Newser) – A 55-year-old American women has been detained in Iran, according to the state-owned newspaper, which claims she was found with spying equipment hidden on her body and "a microphone" between her teeth. Customs authorities allegedly detained the woman upon her arrival from neighboring Armenia without a visa, reports the AP. The daily IRAN did not say when the woman, named as Hal Talaian, was detained, but the country's semiofficial Fars news agency quoted an unnamed official as saying she was taken into custody "about one week ago."

A general view of the Iran-Iraq border; the woman was allegedly detained crossing the border father north, near Armenia.
A general view of the Iran-Iraq border; the woman was allegedly detained crossing the border father north, near Armenia.   (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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