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WP: CIA Paid Iranian $5M For Nuke Info

From the ever helpful Washington Post:

U.S. paid Iranian nuclear scientist $5 million for aid to CIA, officials say

By Greg Miller and Thomas Erdbrink
Thursday, July 15, 2010; A01

The Iranian nuclear scientist who claimed to have been abducted by the CIA before departing for his homeland Wednesday was paid more than $5 million by the agency to provide intelligence on Iran’s nuclear program, U.S. officials said.

Thereby signing Mr. Amiri’s death warrant.

Shahram Amiri is not obligated to return the money but might be unable to access it after breaking off what U.S. officials described as significant cooperation with the CIA and abruptly returning to Iran. Officials said he might have left out of concern that the Tehran government would harm his family.

"Anything he got is now beyond his reach, thanks to the financial sanctions on Iran," a U.S. official said. "He’s gone, but his money’s not. We have his information, and the Iranians have him."

Even so, if any of this is true, the Washington Post has hereby put Iran on alert, so that it can take action to mitigate whatever damage may come from Mr. Amiri’s information.

But we can’t let such minor details get in the way of the public’s right to know.

Amiri arrived in Tehran early Thursday to a hero’s welcome, including personal greetings from several senior government officials. His 7-year-old son broke down in tears as Amiri held him for the first time since his mysterious disappearance in Saudi Arabia 14 months ago.

Given the well-known barbarism of the Iranian Mullahs, his young son probably faces execution, too.

In brief remarks, Amiri told reporters, "I am so happy to be back in the Islamic republic," and he repeated his claims of having been abducted by U.S. agents. He said CIA agents had tried to pressure him into making propaganda against his homeland and offered him $50 million to remain in the United States…

Amiri’s request this week to be sent home stunned U.S. officials, who said he had been working with the CIA for more than a year.

Whether the agency received an adequate return on its investment in Amiri is difficult to assess. The size of the payment might offer some measure of the value of the information he shared. But it could also reflect a level of eagerness within the U.S. intelligence community for meaningful information on Iran.

The U.S. official said the payments reflected the value of the information gleaned. "The support is keyed to what the person’s done, including how their material has checked out over time," said the official, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity surrounding the case. "You don’t give something for nothing."

Whatever it was worth, it is worth a lot less now, thanks to the Washington Post.

The transfer of millions of dollars into Amiri-controlled accounts also seems to bolster the U.S. government’s assertions that Amiri was neither abducted nor brought to the United States against his will. Given the amount of money he was provided, a second U.S. official said, "I’m sure he could have been very happy here for a long time."

Note that the Post is eager to highlight that this leak is coming from at least two anonymous “officials.”

The payments are part of a clandestine CIA program referred to as the "brain drain." Its aim is to use incentives to induce scientists and other officials with information on Iran’s nuclear program to defect…

Hopefully, the Post will fill in more details on this “clandestine” program so that the Iranians do not have to waste any of their resources to learn more about it.

The money that went to Amiri was apparently placed in accounts or investment mechanisms that would sustain him over a lifetime in the United States. "You basically put together a long-term benefits package," one of the U.S. officials said.

Although Amiri might no longer be able to access the accounts, it was not clear whether the CIA would be able to reclaim the funds. The U.S. officials declined to disclose where the funds had been deposited

If the US can’t reclaim the funds, it is hard to see how Mr. Amiri won’t be able to get them. Oh, well. What’s $5 million dollars among friends?

One of the U.S. officials said Amiri’s family was a main factor in his decision to return. "He just wanted to see his family and, unfortunately, he chose a dumb way to do it," the official said, "lying about what happened to him here to try to build up his credibility back home."

In any case, this sure is a bizarre and amazingly reckless ‘leak,’ even by our new media standards.

Of course, as we have previously noted, back in March 2006, the Washington Post proudly declared that its editors should be who decides what is and what isn’t a national security secret.

Still, given the fact that the Washington Post is the media mouthpiece for the Democrat Party, and that more than one anonymous official is cited, we strongly suspect that this ‘leak’ may have come from the administration itself.

Perhaps, as in the case of the 12 (and counting) Russian spies, the Obama people discovered to their horror that the rogue CIA was getting secrets about the Iranian nuclear program. And, just like with the monitoring of the Russian spies, they put a stop to it, ASAP.

After all, Mr. Obama wants to ‘reset’ our relationship with Iran and the rest of the Muslim world. Besides, if he needs to know anything about what they are up to, he can always just ask NASA.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 15th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “WP: CIA Paid Iranian $5M For Nuke Info”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    All reports are from the Media.

    The media have proven relentlessly they are bought, paid for and ideologically corrupt. Anything they touch is suspect.

    We’ll never know what happened, if in fact anything really did happen.

    • proreason says:

      Yes, the media have successfully subverted truth. Along with the country. Or rather, they have successfully subverted truth as a key component of subverting the country.

      I have a hard time deciding whether I hate the media or politicians more.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      The saddest thing of all in this is that the scientist and his family are marked for death.

  2. finebammer59 says:

    “Still, given the fact that the Washington Post is the media mouthpiece for the Democrat Party, and that more than one anonymous official is cited, we strongly suspect that this ‘leak’ may have come from the administration itself.”

    in an attempt to divert attention from the 12, 13(?), 14(?), for 4 “spies” swap with the russians???

    regardless, wwpcs??? (what would patsy cline sing???)


  3. canary says:

    “U.S. officials described as significant cooperation”
    seems to be Obama’s new smoke-screen. Obama’s finest told those CIA agents with decades of experience to meet with some nobody from Jordon packing hidden bombs to lead them to Bin Laden.
    Every move Obama is making with terrorists is treating them like royalty.

  4. canary says:

    CNN: ” U.S. came out ahead with Iranian nuclear scientist”

    “We have his insights — original information on the Iranian nuclear program that proved useful — and now the Iranians have him. Plainly, we got the better end of things,” the official said of Amiri.

    “He just wanted to see his family and — unfortunately — he chose a dumb way to do it, lying about what happened to him here…,” the official said.

    The second official…”His safety depends on him sticking to the fairy tale about pressure and torture….”

    Amiri also said: ” I was subjected to heavy psychological and mental tortures by CIA interrogators.

    They told me if I don’t cooperate with them, they will hand me over to Israel, ”

    A top Iranian lawmaker recently alleged that newly found documents back up Tehran’s claims that the CIA is responsible for Amiri’s disappearance, ….

    Javad Jahangirzadeh, …, said Iranian officials had turned over the documents to the Swiss ambassador in Tehran.

    A U.S. official, who is not authorized to talk to the media about such issues, told CNN
    last month that it would be “ludicrous,.

    “….how would he have been able to produce any of the videos?” the official asked.

    The former intelligence official said the $5 million given to Amiri was at the high end of the scale.

    “You do what you have to do to settle the person in a stable, humane way,”

    “….You want them to be self-sufficient, and not just blow or lose what they get and be in a tough spot.”


    “….not just blow or lose what they get and be in a tough spot.” “most humane way”

    lol. yes, Obama’s officials really are concerned about their invaluable spy who could have brought his family to safer America for $ 5 million.

    Add to the problem, when Obama says something he’s usually doing the opposite,
    so while he zealously prosecutes the former administraton he turns a blind eye to this?

    Either way the Obama administration needs to be investigated for kidnapping, torturing, & putting a hit out on an American spy.
    Obama & Holder need to file suit against CNN & the Washington Post to hand over their unnamed Obama Official who leaked information outing their very valuable dumb CIA spy. lol.

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