Iranian scientist in DC at the Pakistan Embassy?
Scientist, Shahram Amiri was on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June 2009. What happened next is a matter of dispute: 1) he defected and 2) he was kidnapped by the CIA. In his own words he was cooperating on one hand, while claiming to be controlled by the USA on the other. It sounds like he just can’t make up his mind.
If he did cooperate with the USA, he is likely doomed on return. Who will trust him now?
Surely, the USA must account for how he got in the USA and how he was so free to head over to the Pakistan embassy to turn in. Is our relationship with Pakistan so poor that they just don’t turn him back to the USA?
“Missing Iranian scientist surfaces in Washington, Tehran says he wants to go home
Published July 13, 2010
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A missing Iranian nuclear scientist, who Tehran claims was abducted by the U.S., has taken refuge at the Pakistani embassy in Washington and is asking to return to his homeland, Iran said Tuesday.
It was the latest development in a case that has been shrouded in mystery since the scientist, Shahram Amiri, disappeared while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June 2009.
Iran has repeatedly claimed that the U.S. abducted Amiri — charges the Americans deny. U.S. media reported in March that the 32-year-old scientist had defected to the U.S. and was assisting the CIA in efforts to undermine Iran's disputed nuclear program.
Adding to the confusion, Amiri himself appeared in a series of videos giving conflicting messages, including one where he claimed he was abducted by American and Saudi agents and taken to the U.S. and another saying he was freely studying in the United States.
Iranian state television reported that Amiri entered the embassy's office representing Iranian interest in Washington and demanded an "immediate return" to Iran. The station later reported that Amiri's presence in the interest section, which is run by Iranian nationals, would pave the ground for his return to Iran.
Mostafa Rahmani, head of the Iranian office in Washington, said the TV report was true but would not elaborate. He said Iran's foreign ministry would "release details later."
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said that according to Rahmani, the scientist showed up around 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Iranian interest section office and has been with them since.
"We understand from Dr. Rahmani that they are making arrangements for his repatriation to Iran," Basit told The Associated Press in Islamabad. He did not know when a transfer would occur or whether Pakistan would have a hand in making the travel arrangements.
Regardless of the circumstances, Amiri's sudden appearance threatened to pose an embarrassment for Washington, which accuses Tehran of seeking nuclear weapons. Iran denies that and maintains that its nuclear research is for peaceful purposes.”