Tehran has formed an elite security unit to protect nuclear scientists after failing to prevent the assassination of a high-level Stuxnet expert attempting to counter the voracious worm.
Indeed, as TG Daily previously reported, Prof. Majid Shahriari was killed in a drive-by shooting that also involved the planting and detonation of explosives by unknown operatives on speeding motorcycles.
Its task: To provide nuclear scientists and their families with the same level of security offered to high-ranking leaders of the Ahmadinejad regime.
"The decision to establish an [elite] unit with upgraded security arrangements for the nuclear program's staff and their families was taken to halt [a] stampede for [the] exits," explained DebkaFile analysts.
"[As such], until the new unit is in place, the details guarding government and military VIPs will stand guard over the program's staff. [In addition], top scientists are to be provided with armored-plated vehicles [capable of] withstanding sticky bombs and RPGs."
It should also be noted that Ali Akhbar Salehi - chairman of Iran's Atomic Energy Comission - has confirmed that a massive security shakeup is ongoing.
"We [definitely] have been pursuing serious protective measures for hundreds of our scientists and experts since last year," he said.
"And, based on [a] recent decision, we are to increase protective measures multi-fold and take other steps as well."