Shahram Amiri

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Execution Puts Sad Coda on Iran's Strange Spy Saga

Returning to see son may have been scientist's fatal move

(Newser) - We may never know the full story of Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri—but we know it ended very badly for him. Iran confirmed on Sunday that it had executed the 38-year-old , who disappeared on a 2009 trip to Saudi Arabia, was named as a defector to the US months... More »

Iran: We Executed Nuke Scientist Who Spied for US

Shahram Amiri had turned up in US, was returned to Iran in 2010

(Newser) - Iran has executed a nuclear scientist who gave the US intelligence about the country's contested nuclear program, Iran's official news agency, IRNA, is confirming. The Sunday report quotes a spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejehi, as confirming the execution of Shahram Amiri . He says Amiri "... More »

Iranian Scientist: US Wanted to Trade Me for Hikers

Shahram Amiri spills the details in a televised interview

(Newser) - The Iranian scientist who claims to have been kidnapped by the CIA says American agents pressured him to confess to being a spy as part of a master plan to free three hikers who have been held by Iran for a year. Except that Shahram Amiri, who returned home to... More »

'Kidnapped' Iranian Scientist Was Paid $5M: US

Shahram Amiri arrives back in Iran, minus CIA cash

(Newser) - The Iranian nuclear scientist who says he was kidnapped by the CIA was paid $5 million by the agency for spilling the beans on the country's nuclear program, US officials say. Shahram Amiri arrived home in Iran to a hero's welcome today, telling reporters he had been pressured to betray... More »

Story Murky, Iran Scientist Headed Home

But US officials say Shahram Amiri defected

(Newser) - The Iranian nuclear scientist who turned up in front of Iran's diplomatic mission in DC Monday night is headed back to Iran, but his story is no clearer. Shahram Amiri initially claimed he was kidnapped by CIA operatives in Saudi Arabia and held hostage in Tuscon for much of the... More »

Missing Iranian Scientist Turns Up in DC

Iranians claim Shahram Amiri was abducted by US

(Newser) - A missing Iranian nuclear scientist, who Tehran claims was abducted by the US, has taken refuge at the Pakistani embassy in Washington and is asking to return to his homeland. Iranian state TV reported that the scientist, Shahram Amiri, entered the embassy's office representing Iranian interests in the US last... More »

Iranian Nuke Scientist: I Fled US Kidnappers

Iranian TV airs footage of man claiming to be missing atomic researcher

(Newser) - A man who says he is missing nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri has appeared in a video shown on Iranian TV claiming to have fled his American captors. "A few minutes ago I succeeded in escaping US security agents in Virginia," the man says. "I am producing this... More »

Key Iranian Nuclear Scientist Defects to US

CIA officials see 'intelligence coup' in Shahram Amiri

(Newser) - A key Iranian nuclear scientist who disappeared last year while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, in fact defected to the CIA, which has resettled Shahram Amiri in the US, sources tell ABC News . The sources call the defection “an intelligence coup” for the agency, which has long sought... More »

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