In Iran, a Defector Disappears Again: Would This Be An Iranian “CURVEBALL” ?
Iranian nuclear researcher Shahram Amiri arrived home Thursday, despite efforts by the Central Intelligence Agency to convince him to stay in the U.S., beginning another stage in a saga in which both countries suggest they came out on top.
Shahram Amiri, holding his son after landing in Tehran Thursday, said he was tortured in the U.S., and revealed nothing. The U.S. denied the claims.
U.S. officials say Mr. Amiri defected to the U.S. about a year ago and provided valuable information on the country’s nuclear program. In return, he was offered the opportunity to resettle and given a $5 million resettlement package to establish his new life in the United States, officials say. CIA officials warned Mr. Amiri that he could face execution if he returned to Iran.
Tehran has cast Mr. Amiri as a victim of U.S. thirst for information about the Iranian nuclear program, which the U.S. says is for weapons development and Tehran says is for peaceful uses. After his disappearance in Saudi Arabia in June 2009, Iran said he had been kidnapped by American agents, a charge the U.S. denied.
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Interesting story here albeit one that we have seen before back in the cold war days. There have been a few defectors from the old Sov bloc that actually went back to the Union either because they did not fit in here, feared for their loved ones, or… Were intending on doing so all along. The latter were known as agents of “disinformation” Just what the story is on Mr. Amiri remains to be seen really I think. Though, according to the CIA and this whole 5 Million dollar story, he went back out of fear for his loved ones.
I on the other hand tend to think that that is a weak story.
I would hazard a guess that there is much more going on here behind the scenes that we may never know about. However, if Mr. Amiri does not end up disappeared or suddenly has a massive heart attack, then he was a plant and the CIA may have indeed been led down a path of the SAVAK‘s choosing with regard to where Iran is on the whole Nuke thing. Since Iran has been so tight to get operatives into as well as cooperative assets inside and out, we (CIA) have been mostly blind for some time in this regard.
So, this guy evades his handlers and runs to the embassy where they welcome him with open arms.. An alleged traitor to their country… Hmmm this does not sound like the usual sentimentality out of the likes of Mahmoud and his merry band. Something smells… Meh, I guess time will tell. However, just who is going to be asking to see that Mr. Amiri is okie dokie come a year on in? CARE or the UN going to look in on him?
So its likely that he will just have a massive coronary.. Or maybe a nice little accident in the car perhaps? My vote is on coronary or some other hard to detect manner of homicide involving small pin pricks with needles in odd places..
Well played Iran.. Boys, take that 5 million of the tax payers money and put it back in the budget ok? Oh, and all that data you got from Amiri, well I would be putting that in the circular bin…