Shahram Amiri: what do you think happened?

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Shifteh Ansari
by Shifteh Ansari
13-Jul-2010
 

After weeks of far-fetched news and video clips about and by "the missing Iranian nuclear scientist," Shahram Amiri, Iranian state news websites announced today that Shahram Amiri has managed to get himself to the Iranian Interests Section of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington DC. He has asked to be returned to Iran immediately, according to the news.

What do you think the real scoop with Shahram Amiri is?

Was he abducted by Saudi agents and turned over to US agents, the way the Iranian government has claimed all along?

Did he apply for political asylum from the US in Saudi Arabia?

Was he/is he really in the US?

Was he really in Tuscon, Arizona, the way he claimed in one of the video recordings?

Was he really trying to pursue his education, the way he claimed in another one of the video clips?

If he was abducted, how did he manage to get himself to a computer, internet, and a webcam several times to record the video clips or to call the Iranian Ministry of Information?

How did he get from Tuscon to Washington DC?

Please share your thoughts about what you think happened. If it suits you better, you can write a blog instead of a comment.  Here are some related material which might help you develop your thoughts about this:

Iranian state TV's (IRIB) June 8th report about Shahram Amiri's internet/telephone contact with Iran (Ministry of Intelligence?):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPL0_LXipEM

Shahram Amiri's June 8th video, in which he says he went to US to study:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tMY-oraOfA

AlJazeera TV's June 8th report on the missing nuclear scientist:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoI7QIvnJVo

Shahram Amiri's June 14th video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id19xwRO2vY

Shahram Amiri's June 23rd video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCMeCwgFtEw

The June 24th Iranian state television (IRIB) news segment on Shahram Amiri. They interview his wife here:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xdstw9_the-wife-o...

The ABC June 28th news piece on Shahram Amiri:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgCfvhE8OVo

There have been numerous articles and reports about Shahram Amiri. Take a look at these:
Press TV, September 6, 2009: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=105434&sectio...
Reuters, July 13, 2010: http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFTRE66C...
BBC, July 13, 2010: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/10609461.st...
Fars News Agency, July 13, 2010: http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8904220420

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Ahmed from Bahrain

I believe in

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Justin Raymondo's take on this serious subject. You guys should read it and stop making silly remarks, if you want serious discussion otherwise I prefer to watch Monty Paython's "Life of Brian":
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2010/07/15/the-...

Ahmed from Bahrain


benross

I don't think he left Iran

by benross on

I don't think he left Iran with the intention of defection. Not right-away anyway. It's hard to believe he thought of his family as an afterthought. And he was not abducted either. He was 'approached' I'd say and he didn't impose his own agenda. From there, everything got out of his control.

But he is alive and well, back to Iran with his family. That's the important thing. 


Shifteh Ansari

BBC: Amiri left protection program

by Shifteh Ansari on

"But in the US, unnamed officials and security sources are claiming that Mr Amiri defected and was put into a programme similar to a witness-protection.
Later, he apparently became concerned for family members he had left behind, had a breakdown and decided to return to Iran, US reports claim.
A US official told the BBC: "He provided useful information to the United States. The Iranians now have him. In terms of win-loss, it's not even a close call."
Read the rest here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10626593


MM

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MM

اميری با دريافت «۵ ميليون دلار» «اطلاعات مفيدی» در اختيار آمريکا

MM


واشنگتن پست: اميری با دريافت «۵ ميليون دلار» «اطلاعات مفيدی» در اختيار آمريکا قرار داد

يک مقام اطلاعاتی آمريکا می‌گويد شهرام اميری با دريافت بيش از "۵ ميليون دلار" "اطلاعات مفيدی" را در اختيار سازمان اطلاعات مرکزی آمريکا، سيا، قرار داده است.

روزنامه‌ی واشينگتن پست به نقل از اين مقام اطلاعاتی آمريکا می‌نويسد که به دليل تحريم‌های مالی‌ای که عليه ايران اعمال شده است، آقای اميری امکان دسترسی به اين پول را نخواهد داشت.

در گزارش روزنامه‌ی واشنگتن پست در مورد بازگشت شهرام اميری به ايران، به نقل از يک مقام اطلاعاتی آمريکا همچنين آمده است «او مصّر بود خانواده‌اش را ببيند و متأسفانه راه احمقانه‌ای را انتخاب کرد».

فيليپ کراولی،سخنگوی وزارت خارجه آمريکا، بدون توضيح در مورد وضعيت اقامت شهرام اميری تنها به اين نکته بسنده کرد که وی به خواست خود در اين کشور بود و به خواست خود خاک آمريکا را ترک کرد.

ایران در جهان
فیس بوک اتحاد جمهوری خواهان ایران
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MM

I agree with Mammad, also, IRI put pressure via family to return

by MM on

him back.  Now, he is a puppet of IRI who will repeat whatever IRI wants, including reports of his torture by CIA.  My guess is that he will disappear within a few weeks from the scenes, after IRI "de-brief" him.


Mammad

Come on guys!

by Mammad on

First of all, the idea that he was a double agent and was sent here by IRI Ministry of Intelligence is silly.

Secondly, most of you miss the point here: Amiri was enticed to defect because the CIA thought that he knew much, but he did not. The very fact that he had been allowed to leave Iran to go to SA already indicated that he did not know much.

Third, Iran's nuclear work has been compartmentized since many years ago, so that anyone who works on a project knows only about that project. So, again, Amiri could not know much. He was probably aware of the Fordow facility near Qom, but nothing else.

At the end, he turned out to be useless and an embarrassment to the US (at the beginning the US denied knowing anything). At the same time, he could not get his family out. So, he had to go back.

Mammad


Shifteh Ansari

This explains EVERYTHING! It was a case of mistaken identity!

by Shifteh Ansari on

(Shahram Amiri says: "I am no nuclear scientist!)
Iranian Shahram Amiri denies being nuclear scientist on return to Tehran
AN Iranian who claimed he was abducted by US spies last year has today denied that he is a nuclear scientist as he arrived in Tehran.
Shahram Amiri, who vanished from Saudi Arabia in June 2009 and surfaced in Washington this week, told reporters upon his arrival in Tehran that he was just a “simple researcher”.
“I had nothing to with Natanz and Fordo sites,” he said referring to Iran's two uranium enrichment sites.
“It was a tool the US government brought up for political pressure. I have done no research on nuclear. I am a simple researcher who works in a university which is open to all and there is no secret work happening there.”
Before leaving Washington yesterday, where he had taken refuge the previous day in Iran's Interests Section office, Mr Amiri told the Iranian Press TV channel he would describe his "ordeal" to local media on reaching Tehran.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/iranian...


R2-D2

Re: Video: A hero's welcome at the airport

by R2-D2 on

Indeed, The Theatre Of The Absurd  ...

I'm sure Camus would have been quite proud ... Very Much So :) - !

 

 


Shifteh Ansari

Video: A hero's welcome at the airport

by Shifteh Ansari on


R2-D2

The Influence Of The "IRI" ...

by R2-D2 on

Is Indeed Far And Wide - Just Like An Octopus, With Its Limbs Stretched Out In Any And All Directions, To Commit Menacing Acts, The Islamic Republic Is Absolutely No Different ...

They will use your Family Members, all that you Love And Hold Dear, to Pressure you in doing what they want you to do ...

Have Absolutely No Illusions About That - This Is IRI's Modus Operandi .....

RD

 

 


yolanda

.....

by yolanda on

Amiri has arrived in Iran..... wow! he did get flower garland!

http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=134821&sectionid=351020101


yolanda

.....

by yolanda on

 LOL!

LOL!! 

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A double agent I don't think; a scientist with a double chin, yes.

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It is unbelievable that he gained so much weight in 14 months.....maybe he was really depressed that he turned to food to satisfy himself!


Niloufar Parsi

according to

by Niloufar Parsi on

the telegraph:

"My abduction is a detailed story," he said. "I think I will be
unable to get into details during this limited period of time and I
will postpone it to when I am hopefully in my dear country Iran, so I can
speak to the media and my own people with ease of mind and tell them about
my ordeal over the past 14 months, incidents that have been a mystery to
many.

"In Iran, I will thoroughly clarify the allegations made by foreign
media and the US government which, in fact, have targeted my reputation."

American officials and Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, have all
denied that Mr Amiri had been kidnapped in Saudi Arabia and
transferred to the United States against his will by the CIA, as Iran claims.

"He's free to go. He was free to come. These decisions are his alone to
make," Mrs Clinton said. 

Officials refused to confirm that he had co-operated, whether
voluntarily or
not, with the CIA in revealing details of Iran's nuclear programme.
Intelligence-related websites have stated that Mr Amiri, a scientist
who worked at a Tehran university but also for the Iranian Atomic Energy
Organisation, provided information on a secret uranium enrichment
facility near the holy city of Qom.

He had disappeared while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in late May
last year. He told another Iranian reporter that he had been offered a lift
to a mosque in the city of Medina by three men.

Inside their van, a gun was put to his side and he was told to keep
quiet.

Former CIA officers have briefed news outlets that he was not abducted.
They say his family were used by the Iranian authorities to put pressure on
him to return home. He is married with a son.


Shifteh Ansari

Shahram Amiri, a double agent?

by Shifteh Ansari on

Niloufar, I doubt very much that the Iranian intelligence authorities have the knowhow or the courage to send a double agent into the hands of Americans!  Unless he was a suicide-nuclear scientist-agent, prepared not to leave the US alive.  He just doesn't look/act the part, I'm afraid.

Honestly, does any of what we have been seeing show any kind of well-planned, intelligent scheme or execution thereof?  The stuff we have seen is the making of some of the funniest satire and comedy, just waiting to get written!

A double agent I don't think; a scientist with a double chin, yes.


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Elvis is back

by Doctor X on

This is the reincarnation of ELvis. Elvis in the body of shahram Amiri.


Rea

An individual caught up

by Rea on

..... in events larger than himself and beyond his control. So wouldn't judge too harshly.

Does he not have a family back in Iran? A child and wife too, I believe. Personally, if it were about my daughter, would not hesitate for a second to do whatever they, be it US or IRI, ask me to. 

 


Niloufar Parsi

double agent?

by Niloufar Parsi on

planted by iran in usa perhaps?


R2-D2

Majid

by R2-D2 on

If you believe that Shahram Amiri is truly suffering from MPD, that's fine - I really don't know what to say :)

P.S. I guess we can use the same diagnosis for many unexplainables - I personally believe that his actions are based on much more tangible and concrete issues, rather than an intangible and an abstratct case of suffering from MPD .....

I am stating this with due respect to MPD the blogger, who is a very interesting personality :) - !

R D

 

 


Majid

MPD summed it up!

by Majid on

 

 

"Shahram Amiri is suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder" The best comment so far! 



R2-D2

Based On Everything ...

by R2-D2 on

That I Have Read, Seen, Etc., The Only Logical Conclusion Has Been That He Was Forced To Go Back In View Of The Threats To His Family By IRI -'

In essence, IRI is letting all potential Defectors know, that if they decide to defect, to just remember, that their families will indeed still be in Iran, and their lives and security at their very mercy .....

Pure And Simple :) - !

R D

 

 


Shifteh Ansari

Off he goes... (From BBC Persian)

by Shifteh Ansari on

وزارت خارجه ایران: شهرام امیری از آمریکا خارج شد
وزارت امور خارجه ایران گفته است که شهرام امیری آمریکا را به مقصد ایران ترک کرده است.
صبح روز چهارشنبه، 23 تیر (14 ژوئیه)، رامین مهمانپرست، سخنگوی وزارت امور خارجه ایران، اعلام کرد که "با تلاش های انجام شده از سوی جمهوری اسلامی ایران و همکاری موثر سفارت پاکستان در واشنگتن، لحظاتی قبل شهرام امیری خاک آمریکا را از طریق کشور ثالث به مقصد جمهوری اسلامی ایران ترک کرد."
از زمان قطع روابط دیپلماتیک جمهوری اسلامی و آمریکا در حدود سی سال پیش، سفارت پاکستان در واشنگتن حفاظت از منافع ایران در آمریکا، و سفارت سوئیس در تهران، حفاظت از منافع ایالات متحده در ایران را بر عهده دارند.
واحد مرکزی خبر، به نقل از آقای مهمانپرست گفته است که آقای امیری هنگام ترک آمریکا از سوی رئیس دفتر حفاظت از منافع ایران بدرقه شد.
سخنگوی وزارت امور خارجه همچنین گفته است که شب گذشته، بهروز کمالوندی، معاون آمریکای این وزارتخانه، با شهرام امیری تلفنی گفتگو کرد.
به گفته سخنگوی وزارت خارجه، آقای کمالوندی در این گفتگوی تلفنی با آقای امیری "ضمن حصول اطمینان از سلامت و آرامش روحی وی، خصوصا پس از حضور در دفتر حفاظت از منافع جمهوری اسلامی ایران در واشنگتن، بر هرگونه تلاش کشورمان برای بازگرداندن وی به میهن اسلامی و آغوش خانواده اش تاکید نهاد."
به گزارش واحد مرکزی خبر، وزارت امور خارجه گفته است که "همچنان از طریق کانال های مختلف حقوقی و دیپلماتیک، پیگیری های خود در رابطه با مسئولیت های دولت آمریکا در ربایش امیری را ادامه خواهد داد."
سخنگوی وزارت امور خارجه در مورد زمان ورود احتمالی شهرام امیری به تهران جزئیاتی نداده است.
خبر خروج شهرام امیری از خاک آمریکا یک روز پس از آن گزارش می شود که خبرگزاری های داخل ایران گزارش هایی را در مورد مراجعه او به دفتر حفاظت از منافع ایران در واشنگتن منتشر کردند.
اگرچه رادیو و تلویزیون دولتی ایران از "پناه بردن" شهرام امیری به دفتر حفاظت از منافع ایران سخن گفته بود، اما شامگاه گذشته، وزیر امور خارجه آمریکا گفت که آقای امیری آزادانه و به میل خود به آمریکا آمده و آزاد است هر زمان که می خواهد خاک این کشور را ترک کند.
مقامات آمریکایی همچنین هرگونه معامله ای با دولت ایران در مورد بازگشت شهرام امیری به کشور خود را تکذیب کرده اند.
در پی انتشار گزارش مراجعه آقای امیری به دفتر حفاظت از منافع ایران در آمریکا و ابراز تمایل به بازگشت به ایران، ارتباط احتمالی بازگشت وی با ماجرای بازداشت سه شهروند آمریکایی در مرز ایران و عراق و ناپدید شدن یک شهروند دیگر آمریکایی در جزیره کیش مطرح شد.
در واکنش به این گزارش ها، رابرت گیبز، سخنگوی دفتر رئیس جمهوری آمریکا، با رد هر نوع ارتباطی بین ماجرای حضور آقای امیری در آمریکا و بازداشت شهروندان آمریکایی در ایران، گفت "ما او [شهرام امیری] را نگه نداشته ایم و بنابراین، هیچ مبادله ای در کار نیست."
Read the rest here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/iran/2010/07/100714_l...


Escape

Why would they bring him to the USA?

by Escape on

If it was really about tkidnapping him and getting secret's they would have just tortured him in Saudi Arabia or taken him to Abu Gharibe or Gitmo,a plane,a aircraft carrier etc.There was no need to bring him to the USA and put him on the news.

The 'Free' US has a very old policy to help people defect from oppressive regimes.Try looking up Russian,N.Korean and Chinese defectors.And Once you defect,you're still free to leave.


yolanda

......

by yolanda on

Thank you for your post, gitdoun ver.2.0........great analysis and update!

I will stay tuned for his arrival at Tehran Airport.......


gitdoun ver.2.0

He is a Dead Man

by gitdoun ver.2.0 on

I think he 100% defected. The regime went after his nephew, sister, parents, and anyone else they could get their hands on. And then they sent him a voice mail of his mother screaming begging for her life. They tell him if he wants to see his mother alive he not only has to return to iran to face the music but also cooperate in this elaborate propaganda for the uneducated peasants and fanatical basij to swallow back home. More political points that you either support the ever divine Khamenei or your with America the "great satan" who kidnaps innocent Hajj pilgrims. So Shahram having little choice goes along with it and posts a bunch of youtube videos , evades the FBI, evades the CIA, and manages to get into a Pakistani embassy.  ---yah right.   Bet u anything this guy will be greeted with flowers at Tehran Airport, hailed as a hero, and dead within 2 yrs from mysterious stroke or heart attack !


Dan Huck

West's hoped-for Iranian "Vanunu" moment fizzles

by Dan Huck on

Perhaps he's a brilliant scientist, like Prof. Einstein, who's lost without his wife to pin a note on his lapel telling the bus driver to be sure to let her husband off at the University. In any case, it has to be a given, we, the US, were absolutely counting on a "Vanunu" moment, which obviously was not forthcoming.

Do you think the WMD's are there, nevertheless?


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Evidence

by I Voted Ahmadinejad on

United States must have some kind of proofs of Amiri volunteray coming to their door and asking for asylum. Some papers he signed a recorded interview. If not already in Iran, this guy is on his way to Iran only to say more of what he saying in this clip(press tv). Of course, Iran would get embarrased if Americans come up with undeniable evidences on their claim about Aamiri.

ram jams


yolanda

....

by yolanda on

The guy has gained so much weight...he is almost unrecognizable!


Shifteh Ansari

Video: Shahram Amiri explains his dumb explanations to Press TV

by Shifteh Ansari on


yolanda

.....

by yolanda on

I just watched Rachel Maddow show.......its analysis is that IRI wants to prevent defections from happening in the future....IRI wants to send a message to the potential defectors that if you want to defect......we are going to give your family members hard time......so you have to return to Iran......