Who's responsible for nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri's death? Not just HillaryFormer US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton went on Fox News over the weekend, and blasted Hillary Clinton for endangering the life of Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, who was hung over the weekend.
Let's go to the videotape.
While there's no doubt that Clinton mishandled the Amiri case, the real question is why Amiri was brought to the US without his wife and child in the first place. This is from a post I did in 2010.
Finally, for those who wonder - as I do - why the CIA didn't just bring his family along.Amiri should never have been brought to the US without his family unless everyone was sure that he wished to abandon them, which was clearly not the case. That's what Bolton discusses around the 4:30 mark. Who's responsible for that? Certainly, Obama is responsible, as is the CIA and its director Leon Panetta (later Secretary of Defense), who ran the CIA from 2009-11.
One of the mysteries about Amiri is why he decided to defect without his young wife and child, leaving them -- and himself -- vulnerable to Iranian pressure. The CIA often tries to arrange for the escape of a defector’s family, to avoid just this sort of squeeze.I would guess that Amiri's wife refused to defect. As my mother-in-law often reminds me, whom you marry is the most important decision you make in life.
“The choice to come to this country, and who he brought with him, were his,” said a U.S. official who is familiar with the details of Amiri’s case.
But Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State at the time, also bears some responsibility for what happened, and she may have been the one who disclosed to the Iranians just what Amiri had done.
And you want to make her President and keep her party in power?