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'Iranian nuke scientist defected to CIA'
ByJPOST.COM STAFF, AP
March 31, 2010 04:34
ABC says Shahram Amiri resettled in US, operation deemed intelligence coup.
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Qom 311. (photo credit:Associated Press)

An Iranian nuclear scientist who vanished in May 2009 defected to the CIA and has been resettled in the United States, ABC News reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, which cites individuals briefed on the operation by intelligence officials, the defection of Shahram Amiri was deemed "an intelligence coup" in efforts against Iran's nuclear program.



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Relatives quoted in Iranian media have said Amiri researched medical uses of nuclear technology at a Teheran university.

His disappearance,  which Iranian authorities say came during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, preceded the revelation of a second uranium enrichment facility that Iran has been building near the city of Qom, raising speculation that Amiri may have given the West information on it or other parts of the nuclear program.

"The significance of the coup will depend on how much the scientist knew in the compartmentalized Iranian nuclear program," the report quoted former White House counter-terrorism official Richard Clarke, an ABC News consultant, as saying. "Just taking one scientist out of the program will not really disrupt it." 

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in October that "we have evidence of a US role in disappearance of the Iranian national... in Saudi Arabia... There is evidence to suggest the United States was involved."

ABC further reported that according to those people briefed on the case, Amiri had been extensively debriefed since his defection by the CIA, and that he is said to have helped confirm US intelligence assessments about the Iranian nuclear program.
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