"Reading Amiri in Tehran"; Hero, Spy, or Kidnapped?
Huffington Post / Omid Memarian

Upon his arrival to Tehran, Shahram Amiri, an Iranian junior scientist who claimed that he was kidnapped by the CIA in Saudi Arabia fourteen months ago, appeared on Iran's State TV claiming that the Americans had suggested he be swapped with the "three American spies" imprisoned in Tehran (referring to the three young American hikers).

Like much of U.S. public opinion, I believe that the American hikers, Shane, Sara and Josh are by no means spies. In a conversation with the trios' lawyer, he told me that "there is nothing in their case but illegal entrance across the Iranian border". That's why Amiri's claim regarding the hikers along with a long list of other contradictions and ambiguities in his TV interview connotes that he is basically playing into the hands of the Iranian intelligence service thus, perpetuating their narrative.

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