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TEHRAN: Iran fired a new salvo in what is becoming a bizarre propaganda war over the supposed defection and later return of an Iranian nuclear scientist, with Iran's semiofficial media suggesting that he was a covert operative who had provided "valuable information" about the Central Intelligence Agency's inner workings.
"This was an intelligence war between the CIA and us, which was planned and managed by Iran," said an unidentified source cited by Fars. The person referred to as a source said Amiri had begun working with Iranian agents as soon as they were able to contact him this year, providing a list of other Iranians whom the CIA intended to abduct and other information.
"He never had access to American intelligence information," said an American official.
American officials have said that the scientist, Shahram Amiri, was a CIA informant for years, providing "significant" information about Iran's nuclear program and voluntarily defecting to the United States in 2009.
Amiri returned to Iran last week, saying he had been abducted and tortured by American authorities.
Originally posted by tsurfer2000h
I wonder if the CIA had a feeling this man was not trustworthy and gave him info that wouldn't do Iran any good. If he was a double agent what kind of secrets could this man have gotten. I would imagine the CIA wouldn't show someone from another country the way the CIA works. Especially from Iran. Even if you defect from there I would bet he still has family there. Maybe he went back to keep his family safe. I don't think he would have gotten any info on us that could hurt us. They should be smarter than that I hope.