Iranian Scientist Accuses CIA of Kidnapping and Torture
Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri, who disappeared last year and resurfaced last week in the Pakistani embassy, claims the CIA kidnapped and tortured him mentally and physically.
He recently flew back to Tehran and told reporters, “The Americans wanted me to say that I defected to America of my own will to use me for revealing some false information about Iran’s nuclear work. But with God’s will, I resisted.” He denies being involved in Iran’s nuclear program and contends he was working as a researcher at a university.
He also claims, “I have some documents proving that I’ve not been free in the United States and have always been under the control of armed agents of US intelligence services.”
However during his disappearance, several videos surfaced featuring Amiri (or someone who claimed to be him) giving contradicting accounts of what was happening.
The U.S. denies the allegations and contends that Amiri was in the U.S. voluntarily. The Washington Post and New York times quoted unnamed officials who claim that Amiri had actually worked for the CIA for a year to reveal information about Iran’s nuclear program. In addition, he allegedly left with a new identity and millions of dollars in benefits still sitting in a U.S. account.