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07/15/10

US offical claims they paid $5M to the Iranian scientist for infromation

Source: Mehr News Agency

Shahram Amiri, the Iranian nuclear scientist who claims he was kidnapped by the US, arrived in Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport today. Upon arrival he attended a press conference in which he claimed he was a "simple researcher" and did not have much research in nuclear matters.


Photos: Shahram Amiri returns to Tehran

In the meantime Washington Post writes today that according to an unidentified US official, Amiri was paid five million US dollars for delivering information regarding Iran's nuclear program.

The report adds that since he has ended "significant cooperation" with the CIA, although he is not obligated to return the money, he might not be able to access it due to the sanctions in place.

Amiri told reporters that he had no connection with the Natanz and Ferdo nuclear facilities and accused the US and Western countries of making false allegations.

An American television network in addition to announcing the defection of Amiri to the US earlier, has also reported that Amiri had informed US officials about Iran's nuclear activities.

Shahram Amiri, a researcher at the Malek Ashtar University of Iran's Ministry of Defence disappeared during a pilgrimage trip to Saudi Arabia. Iranian foreign ministry announced that he has been abducted by CIA agents with assistance from the Saudi government.

Washington Post writes that the US official has said that it is possible that Amiri has decided to return to Iran for fears that the Islamic Republic might harm his family.

Amiri claims that US and Saudi agents took him to an unidentified location about 14 months ago and after transferring him to the United States, they subjected him to severe mental and psychological torture.

On Tuesday, foreign secretary Hilary Clinton announced that Amiri came to the US of his own volition and has lived there freely.

P. J. Crowley, spokesman for the foreign ministry also denied all accusations regarding the kidnapping of Amiri and told reporters yesterday to be suspicious of Shahram Amiri's statements.

Amiri claimed that they threatened to transfer him to Israel. He also claimed US agents wanted him to claim that he had provided them with a laptop containing classified nuclear information.

Amiri also contends that he was under pressure to seek asylum in the US, to give an interview on the CNN and never to be returned to Iran.

Two days ago Iranian officials announced that Amiri has "escaped" US intelligence forces and sought shelter at the Iranian interest section of the Pakistan Embassy in Washington demanding to be "immediately" returned to Iran.

Amiri said that he will publish the evidence regarding his escape from US agents and the posting of his films on the internet in the future.

A while ago a film was posted on the internet in which Shahram Amiri says he has succeeded in escaping his US captors and is trying to return to Iran. Another film surfaced later in which Amiri denies being abducted and claims he has come to the US to continue his studies.

Hassan Qashqavi, Iranian foreign minister's deputy at the parliament welcomed Amiri at the airport and denied all rumours regarding the exchange of Amiri with the three US hikers.
 

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