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Thursday, July 15, 2010

The truth about Shahram Amiri

Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri arrived back in Iran on Thursday morning after deciding that he no longer wished to stay in the United States. Amiri received $5 million to defect to the United States, but now that he is back in Tehran, he will not be able to access that money.

If you are having any doubts that Amiri defected and was not kidnapped as he now claims, please consider this:
Mr. Amiri refused to describe how, if he was under armed guard, he had been able to release a video message in which he stated he had been kidnapped by United States and Saudi agents while on a religious pilgrimage to the Muslim holy city of Medina. He also did not answer questions about how he had eventually escaped detention and sought refuge in the Iran interests section of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, stating that divulging this information would be “against national interests.”
That kind of puts the lie to a BBC correspondent's claim that "on the face of it, the Iranian version sounds more credible."

Finally, for those who wonder - as I do - why the CIA didn't just bring his family along.
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.

“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.
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.


At 9:02 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

He could also be an Iranian double agent than a genuine defector. Its something that explains nearly all of his actions to date.

At 9:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he lives long and free, we'll know he was a double agent.

At 1:01 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

He didn't divulge how he "escaped" because Iranian agents operating in the States helped him...that's why it was a matter of "security of national interest". What excitement the world of espionage still is, isn't it?!

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

I despise the Obama Administration, but this smells like Iranian subterfuge. Just like in Korea, I will stand by Obama's Administration against America's enemies, no matter how incompetent this administration is.

When Amiri stated that he was interrogated by Israeli agents, I knew that his story is just a bit too much...

At 11:24 PM, Blogger Happiness said...

I think he was working for the Iranian government when he defected to CIA. He knew that US government would release him when it was a right time for them.


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