‘Missing’ Iranian Nuclear Scientist Defects to CIA, Now Enjoying the American Dream

March 31, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-Remember the reports back in June of a “missing” award-winning Iranian nuclear scientist, who suddenly disappeared while in Saudi Arabia for a pilgrimage? Well, it turns out that he has been safely ensconced in the welcoming arms of the C.I.A. all this time, while undergoing intense debriefing about Iran’s nuclear program. Now that the scientist Shahram Amiri, has given up all of his secrets and he is safely resettled in the United States, one can assume, under some sort of witness protection program, “people briefed” on the matter by C.I.A. officials have leaked details of the defection to ABC news.

According to the ABC news report:

“Amiri has been extensively debriefed since his defection by the CIA, according to the people briefed on the situation. They say Amiri helped to confirm U.S. intelligence assessments about the Iranian nuclear program.” [...]

“The officials were said to have termed the defection of the scientist, Shahram Amiri, “an intelligence coup” in the continuing CIA operation to spy on and undermine Iran’s nuclear program.” [...]

“According to the people briefed on the intelligence operation, Amiri’s disappearance was part of a long-planned CIA operation to get him to defect. The CIA reportedly approached the scientist in Iran through an intermediary who made an offer of resettlement on behalf of the United States.”

Amiri, who worked as a researcher at Tehran’s Malek Ashtar University and who was reportedly involved in the secret Qom nuclear facility, arrived in Saudia Arabia on a religious Umrah Hajj pilgrimage and mysteriously disappeared. At the time, the state-approved English language Web site PressTV, reported that Amiri was taken by the U.S.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters in October, “We have found documents that prove US interference in the disappearance of the Iranian pilgrim Shahram Amiri in Saudi Arabia.”

And other Iranian officials blamed the Saudi regime for helping the U.S. in Amiri’s defection.

A spokesperson for the CIA declined to comment to ABC news, about Amiri’s defection.

Source: ABC News


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