DR. SHAHRAM AMIRI DESAPEARED IN SAUDI ARABIA
Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, on Wednesday 10/07/2009, said the USA is behind the disappearance of the Iranian scientist, Dr. Shahram Amiri (pic), while in Saudi Arabia in 05/2009, 5 months ago. “We have found documents that prove USA interference in the disappearance of the Iranian pilgrim Shahram Amiri in Saudi Arabia,” Mottaki told reporters after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Iranian news media reported that Dr. Shahram Amiri researches nuclear technology uses for medicine, but other reports suggested he worked at a recently disclosed uranium enrichment plant near Qom (see – Last Prank).
The Iranian minister, however, noted that the Saudi government is responsible for its failure to fully protect the Iranian pilgrim. “Iran’s Foreign Ministry will follow the case,” Mottaki conveyed.
The scientist’s disappearance raises the possibilities of kidnapping; an intellectual seeking asylum; or a defection arranged by American and Saudi intelligence agencies.
* Two contradicting video footages were distributed in the web. The first, on Sunday 06/06/2010, and the second the next day, Monday 06/07/2010, ahead of the UN Security Council gathering, on Wednesday 06/09/2010, scheduled to vote on a new round of sanctions against Iran. In the first footage Dr. Shahram Amiri claimed he was kidnapped and tortured last year by American agents, in the second footage a man who identified himself as the same scientist said he was studying happily in the United States.
*On Tuesday 07/13/2010 morning, Iranian State Media claimed Shahram Amiri found refuge in the Pakistani embassy in Washington, which represent Iranian interests in USA. A spokesman from Pakistan’s Foreign Office, Abdul Basit, told the BBC, few hours later, that Shahram Amiri was seeking immediate repatriation to Iran. (see – Amiris Confusion)..
* Security officials in USA confirmed, on Thursday 07/15/2010, that Shahram Amiri was in CIA payroll since 2007 and provided useful information. He defected willingly and received about $5 millions for his services, which he cannot use in Iran due to USA and international sanctions. President Barack Obama admitted that the return of Shahram Amiri to Iran is, indeed, a sort of confusion since potential deserters and informants are, for now, much more deterred.
. According to the officials, Shahram Amiri was also one of the sources that helped author a controversial report published by the American National Intelligence in 2007, which claimed Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program back in 2003 (see – BUSH’S LAST YEAR). It raises the concern that Shahram Amiri was planted by Iran into American intelligence deliberately, giving up some genuine real information, in order to manipulate the American intelligence about the real status of Iran’s nuclear program. If so it is one of the successful Iranian intelligence operation since Ahmed Chalabi’s affair in 2003 (see -US INTEL SOURCES).
** Iran confirmed, on Sunday 08/07/2016, Shahram Amiri was detained, soon after he returned to Iran, over spying for the USA and was executed by hanging recently . They said Shahram Amiri “provided the enemy with vital information of the country.”
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