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Iranian scientist surfaces in US
From the link:
Iranian scientist surfaces in US
The Pakistani foreign ministry has confirmed that an Iranian nuclear scientist, who Iran claims was abducted by the US, has taken refuge at their
embassy in Washington DC.
The scientist, Shahram Amiri, was "dropped off" on Monday night, according to Abdul Basit, a spokesman for the Pakistani foreign ministry in
Iran and the US have no diplomatic relations, so Tehran's interests in Washington are handled by an "interests section" at the Pakistani
The interests section, where Amiri was dropped off, is separate from the main Pakistani embassy in Washington.
Iranian authorities have repeatedly said that Amiri was seized by the CIA as he visited Saudi Arabia last year. US officials have denied those
Iranian state media reported that Amiri asked for a "quick return" to Iran, and Basit said Iranian authorities were making arrangements to get him
out of the United States.
The US state department said on Tuesday that Amiri was "free to go," and that there was no evidence he was mistreated during his time in the US.
Amiri 'handed over'
Iran's semi-official Fars news agency claimed Amiri was handed over to the embassy by US agents, calling it a defeat for "America's intelligence
"Because of Iran's media and intelligence activities, the American government had to back down and hand over Amiri to the embassy on Monday night,"
Iranian state television has broadcast the text of what it claims is an interview with Amiri conducted on Tuesday. But the authenticity of the
interview is impossible to confirm.
"After the film of my interview was published in the internet [which lead to] the disgrace of the US government because of [their responsibility in]
the kidnapping," the interviewee said.
"They intended to send me back home without much noise in order to cover up the kidnapping through denying the whole case, but they couldn't do that
in the end," it said.
A couple of things about this article.
1) Iran's semi-offical news agency Fars reportedly claiming Amiri was handed over to the embassy by US agents.
Certainly, Al Jazeera's cameras at the scene picked up some men in suits hanging around big cars in the street outside, but Al Jazeera also reported
they were told Amiri was handed to the embassy by Iranians, suggesting to me Amiri had linked up with Iranians who had got him to the safety of the
embassy if he was indeed fleeing kidnapping.
2) The statement by Amiri in an interview that because of Iran's media and intelligence services, the US Government had to "back down". Did Amiri
meet with Iranian agents while on the run, who got him to the embassy?
3) The statement by Amiri that the US government wanted to just send him home without much "noise" in order to cover up the kidnapping....but if
Amiri had been recaptured, surely the US Government would have forced him to make another video saying how happy he was in the US as the theory goes
with the video where he denied being kidnapped?
CNN report ( via a female blonde correspondent whose name I forget) that former US intelligence agents had told them that Amiri's family in Iran had
been threatened and that's why Amiri, having defected, was now returning to Iran.
Plausible theory perhaps, but the correspondent insisted on this theory as acknowledged fact, talking about it endlessly, offering no alternative
theory as to the affair and implying that was the end of the story.
If this is the new CNN analysis after the more level-headed approached analysis from the sacked Octavia Nasr, who would offer many sides to a story,
then that is worrying but perhaps unsurprising.
Now let's think about this. Suppose there has been a deal between the US and Iran.
Those three US 'hikers' held by Iran, who Iran suspect as spies, being handed over to the US in return for Amiri in a swap.
The reported account by Fars News Agency of Amiri being handed over by US Agents may add credence to this.
The deal is a long-time in the making, and the US now have to trust that Iran releases the three hikers in return.
But the US sits pretty, for Amiri is now an asset for the CIA/Mossad/The Saudis, and he goes back to Iran, his escape story passed into heroic
Meanwhile, the three US 'Hikers' are released in the coming days or weeks or months.
A success for Obama, but a success overall in that three US 'hikers' are released to America, and America now has an agent back in Iran, who is
regarded as the Iranian hero.
Amiri may not be a CIA asset. But if the CIA considered Amiri a high value target enough to kidnap him in the belief he knew lots of things, why let
him escape to the embassy? Why let him get away back to Iran where his expertise in his field ( nuclear scientist, apparently) can be called upon once
more in Iran for it's nuclear programme? And why would US Agents hand over Amiri when in their custody he could be made to record videos telling how
happy he was, to dispell kidnap rumours?
Let's go back to the CNN theory. Amiri is returning back to Iran because his family have been threatened. Presumably, if Amiri has been seen to
defect to the US, an escape story would add much credence and save him from being treated a traitor in Iran when he returns. The US let him go, on the
condition he provides "intel" from Iran. Otherwise, the US begins leaking how "helpful" and "willing" Amiri was in providing information on
Iran's nuclear programme via the intel community enough tht Iran picks it up, and indeed through the media. Amiri would then be in a rather difficult