Supposed Iranian spy 'escapes CIA'

Man claiming to be missing nuclear scientist appears on Iranian TV.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 30, 2010 03:37
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The Iranian nuclear reactor at Bushehr.

bushehr 311. (photo credit: AP)

 
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A video with a man claiming to be an Iranian nuclear scientist kidnapped by CIA agents aired on Iranian state television on earlier in June, Reuters reported Wednesday.

The individual claimed that he was Iranian atomic researcher Shahram Amiri, who disappeared during a pilgrimage trip to Mecca last year and that he had escaped his CIA minders.

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ABC news reported in March that Amiri had defected to the United States after arriving in Saudi Arabia and had become a CIA asset.

Amiri's disappearance 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.

"Minutes ago I managed to escape American security agents in the state of Virginia. I am now in a safe place making this video," the supposed Amiri said in the film. "I could be arrested again by American security agents any minute ... I am not free here and I do not have permission to contact my family or others and if anything happens to me or if I do not return to (my) country, the American government is directly responsible," he added.

The authenticity of the video has not been independently verified.

AP contributed to this report.

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