US official: “We did not kidnap Amiri”

30 Jun 2010

A US official in Washington has said on Tuesday that the allegation made in the latest footage of Shahram Amiri, the missing scientist that the CIA has kidnapped according to Iran, is “ludicrous.” The unidentified official said: “It’s ludicrous for anyone to suggest that this individual was kidnapped by the United States.”
Reuters reported that yesterday, for a second time, Iran’s state television aired footage of the missing Iranian nuclear scientist, in which he claims he has escaped from CIA agents and is in imminent danger of being arrested again. “If he’s able to produce videos,” the US offical claims, “it defies human logic to allege that he’s somehow been held against his will by Americans.”
This is the third video to emerge in the past months giving conflicting accounts of what has happened to Amiri, a nuclear researcher who used to work for Iran’s Atomic Organization and who disappeared during a pilgrimage trip to Saudi Arabia. Soon after, Iran accused Saudi Arabia of assisting the US to kidnap Amiri.
In early June, Iran first released footage of a man claiming to be Shahram Amiri. On an internet video chat connection, he claimed that he was “kidnapped” by the US and was being “tortured.” Soon after there was a video clip on You Tube of a man also claiming to be Amiri saying he had gone to the US to continue his studies and hoped to return to Iran at the end of his studies.
The third and latest video was again aired by the Iranian state televisio. Amiri claims he has escaped US agents and is in hiding. The man who claims to be Amiri says that the You Tube video is “an utter lie” and urges human rights groups to help him return to Iran. He says he cannot contact his family in Iran and charges the US with whatever may befall him.
Reuters reports that the man in all the videos looks similar to photographs of Amiri. According to Reuters, “in March, ABC news said Amiri had defected to the United States and was helping the CIA. A CIA spokeswoman declined to comment on the US network’s report.”

source: Radio Zamaneh

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