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Nuclear Scientist ‘Defects Back’ To Iran

From the Wall Street Journal:

Iran Scientist Heads to Tehran


July 14, 2010

An Iranian nuclear scientist who Tehran said was kidnapped last year by the U.S. left Washington and was on his way to Iran, officials said Wednesday.

Researcher Shahram Amiri was expected to arrive in Tehran early Thursday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s Hassan Ghashghavi said, adding that the scientist would make a stopover in Qatar.

Mr. Amiri, who disappeared while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in 2009, resurfaced at an office of the Pakistan Embassy in Washington Tuesday…

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Mr. Amiri has been in the U.S. "of his own free will," traveled to the embassy on his own, and was free to leave the country.

Until Tuesday, U.S. officials hadn’t publicly acknowledged his presence in the country. Officials briefed on Mr. Amiri’s stay in the U.S. said he passed on useful information on Iran’s nuclear program to American intelligence agencies

An Iranian familiar with the case said Iranian authorities had threatened to harm Mr. Amiri’s family if he didn’t return home. "His family has been under tremendous pressure, they even threatened to kill his son. He had no choice but to play the script the regime has given him and return to Iran," the Iranian said

Mr. Amiri disappeared during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June 2009. It remains unclear how Mr. Amiri reached the U.S., or even obtained a visa; officials familiar with the matter said he defected.

One year after his disappearance, Iranian state media aired a video in which Mr. Amiri alleges he was being held against his will in the U.S. after being captured by U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia. Iran filed a complaint to the U.S., according to Iranian media. American officials denied Tehran’s charge that he was kidnapped.

In a second video that surfaced on the Internet, Mr. Amiri appeared to contradict that, saying he was in the U.S. of his own free will, but denying he had defected to the U.S.

In a third video, Mr. Amiri says he is in Virginia, and he isn’t a free man. "If any thing happens to me the United States is responsible. I want my family to know that I never ever betrayed my country." …

A U.S. official familiar with the matter said the videos appeared to be intended to dispel any impression that Mr. Amiri had defected. The videos "look designed to burnish his image in Iran, to explain away what he was doing in this country," the official said.

Mr. Amiri arrived at the Pakistani Embassy on Monday by taxi, according to the official familiar. "He could have told the taxi driver to take him anywhere," the official said. "He wants to re-defect, so he’s re-defecting." …

Occam’s Razor would suggest that Mr. Amiri wanted to defect to the US, but his family in Iran was threatened. But of course the pious Mullahs ruling Iran would never do such a thing.

And, Allah knows, our current administration wouldn’t want to do anything to protect a possible asset. Mr. Amiri is not the kind of Muslim scientist they want to ‘reach out’ to.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Nuclear Scientist ‘Defects Back’ To Iran”

  1. Georgfelis says:

    Sounds like the Iranians have been reading Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s “The Gulag Archipelago”. The problem is they are taking it as an instruction book, not a prophetic warning.

    There are a whole series of books written by defectors who detail the culture shock of living in the US, and the long and convoluted schemes that their home countries use to attempt to lure them back (and the mostly horrible fates of those who return). About the only thing we can do for him now is pray.

  2. xsssx says:

    This guy will be dead or in prison soon after he gets back.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Amiri is either too stupid to be a nuklar scientist, or he’s part of a deception.

    Either way, the compromised always get taken out.

  4. southernsue says:

    he took our nuclear secrets back to his country. obama’s care package to his brothers in iran.

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