Skip to comments.Iran scientist Shahram Amiri free to leave, US insists
Posted on 07/13/2010 7:27:30 PM PDT by Bad~Rodeo
The US insists that an Iranian nuclear scientist who has turned up in the country is there voluntarily and is free to leave.
The state department rejected claims by Tehran that Shahram Amiri, who surfaced at a Pakistani embassy building, had been abducted by US agents.
Mr Amiri vanished more than a year ago.
In June, three videos apparently showing him - and containing contradictory information on his whereabouts - emerged.
He said in the first that he had been kidnapped by US and Saudi agents, in the second that he was living freely in Arizona, and in the third that he had escaped from his captors.
On Monday evening, he arrived at the Iranian Interests Section of the Pakistani embassy in Washington, which handles Iranian affairs in the US capital.
Iranian media say Mr Amiri had worked as a researcher at a university in Tehran, but some reports say he worked for the country's atomic energy organisation and had in-depth knowledge of its controversial nuclear programme. At the time of his disappearance, he was thought to be on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
US TV network ABC reported in March that he had defected and was helping the CIA by revealing valuable information about the Iranian nuclear programme.
But earlier this month, Tehran said it had proof that Mr Amiri was being held in the US.
State department spokesman PJ Crowley said: "He has been in the United States of his own free will and obviously he is free to go.
"In fact, he was scheduled to travel to Iran yesterday, but was unable to make all of the necessary arrangements to reach Iran through transit countries."
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Washington says there are no
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Go ahead. Go back to Iran - we double dog dare ya!
dang. just when ReBamaLosi had finished “restoring america’s stature in the world” . . .
What a fool.
The Media is hiding something here.
No reporter would forget to ask the first important question:
“How could a high level Iranian who works on nukes just “turn up” in this country???”
Has our security been breached? If so, how?
If not, then how did this raghead get here?!?
People are assuming bad intent on his part, but what if he wants to defect, and Obama doesn’t want to upset Iran, so forces him to return, surely to some persecution?
Bad me, my initial thought was this: did we invite him here to share info WITH him? Rather than think we were pumping info out of him, what if we were pumping info INTO him? A training visit, perhaps?
part of Hussein’s “muslim outreach” no doubt.