Skip to comments.Did Clinton's Email Negligence Lead to the Execution of an Iranian Defector?
Posted on 08/08/2016 7:10:45 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
In 2009, Shahram Amiri, an Iranian nuclear scientist, traveled to Saudi Arabia, ostensibly to visit Muslim holy sites located in the Kingdom. Once there, he disappeared only to reappear later in some peculiar online rants, claiming to be residing in Virginia and alternatively, in Arizona, and expressing a desire to return to Iran.
Amiri, who conducted nuclear research at the military affiliated Malek Ashtar University of Technology and worked for Irans Atomic Energy Organization, was said to possess a treasure trove of classified information on Irans illicit nuclear program. On his YouTube channel, he alleged that he was kidnapped by CIA and Saudi intelligence and was offered large sums of money in exchange for information on Irans nuclear program.
For reasons known only to Amiri, and which will undoubtedly be the subject of much speculation, Amiri arrived at the Iranian interest section of the Pakistani embassy in Washington and two weeks later, returned to Iran. Approximately one year had elapsed from the time of his defection until his return to Iran.
Some have speculated that he feared for his familys well-being and returned to spare them harassment by the Iranian authorities or perhaps he was genuinely homesick and thought the Iranians would buy his story of a CIA orchestrated kidnapping. Whatever the case, On August 3, 2016 Amiri was executed by the Mullahs in their favorite method of execution hanging.
Amiri undoubtedly provided the administration with vital intelligence on Irans rogue nuclear program and that clearly did not sit well with Iranian officials. Upon his return, Amiri repeated the allegation of being kidnapped in Saudi Arabia in a joint CIA/Saudi operation. While the Iranians initially welcomed him, likely for public consumption, he was soon transformed into a treasonous enemy of the state and imprisoned and almost certainly tortured while undergoing grueling interrogation.
The Iranians could not be 100 percent certain of Amiris story. Iran is a nation built upon conspiracy theories and fantasy and in their view, the possibility of a CIA/Saudi operation to kidnap a nuclear scientist didnt seem far-fetched and in fact, could have been plausible.
But then came the Clinton email dump which may have spelt doom for Amiri. Two emails in particular, which were made public and which were undoubtedly read by the Iranians shed light on the voluntary nature of Amiris defection and attempts by the U.S. to address his concerns and facilitate his return to Iran.
The first email, sent to Clinton on July 5, 2010, and processed through her home-brewed bathroom server, was authored by Richard Morningstar, acting special envoy of the U.S. secretary for Eurasian energy. This email implied that Amiri needed a cover story to return to Iran and that the U.S. should make an effort to address his concerns. He writes, "Per the subject we discussed, we have a diplomatic, 'psychological' issue, not a legal issue," and notes further that Our friend has to be given a way out. We should recognize his concerns and frame it in terms of a misunderstanding with no malevolent intent and that we will make sure there is no recurrence. Our person won't be able to do anything anyway. If he has to leave, so be it.
The second email was sent to Clinton by her senior foreign policy adviser, Jake Sullivan. In the email, which was sent on July 12, 2010, Sullivan writes, The gentleman you have talked to Bill Burns about has apparently gone to his country's interests [sic] section because he is unhappy with how much time it has taken to facilitate his departure. This could lead to problematic news stories in the next 24 hours. Will keep you posted.
Sullivan was referencing Amiris earlier contact with Irans interest section in the Pakistani embassy. It also implies that the U.S. was attempting to facilitate his return to Iran. If this was in fact a kidnapping as alleged by Amiri, why then would the U.S. facilitate his return to an enemy country? And why would it need to address his concerns? Kidnappers do not normally carry out their victims wishes when their victims ask to be returned. That would defeat the entire purpose of kidnapping.
The Iranians are no fools. They probably suspected that Amiri voluntarily defected all along and the kidnapping element was nothing but a cover story. But the emails confirmed their suspicions and Amiri then paid for his decision with his life. If that was indeed the case, Hillary Clinton, through gross negligence and dereliction of duty, may have sealed Amiris gruesome fate.
At this point, what difference does it make?
Yes, but "Scooter Libby". :)
I’m sure CNN and MSNBC will be all over this story. /s
The bitch is now untouchable.
I’m still shaking my head after the Comey dissertation on “The Honest Liar”.
And who is going to help the USA since we let the doctor who gave us Bin Laden go to a pakistan prison, and now a man who helped us stop Iran is revealed in hilLIARy’s emails...
You would have to be an idiot to help the USA and trust us.
Trump should make it a top prioroty to get him out of prison and give him his $10million reward.
We can’t be sure it was negligence by Hillary.
Her e-mail was probably a “drop” where she provided information to our enemies in return for money.
She is a traitor to ALL the people of the United States.
The Iranians know who their nuclear scientists are.
They know that Amiri went to KSA in 2009 and didn’t come back.
They could see his peculiar blogs and his youtube rant about being kidnapped, being offered large sums of money, living in the USA (presumably on the large sums of money..), etc.
Either: 1) the Iranians sent the guy to sow disinformation; or, 2) they would have to assume he gave away their secrets to their most hated enemies. Being the Iranians, they might have even sent him, then decided to treat him as if he had been turned because he might have been. Hillary’s emails might have provided corroboration for the last concept. But any counterespionage operation worthy of the name would have assumed the worst, without Hillary’s foolish blubberings. Iran does not have a monolithic government, but various competing powerbases at each other’s throats; being weak in a matter like this would not exactly advance one’s prospects. Amiri’s fate was sealed the minute he disappeared in KSA, for whatever reason.
But if all this smoke hurts Hillary and costs her the Presidency, Amiri will have served the US well.
Now we have the Saudi arrests of Podesta pal al Talal and friends after Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen lobbed the scud into Saudi Arabia...
Would not be surprised if al Talal knew about the Iranian scientist since the scientist was nabbed out of SA while on the Hajj ... wonder if al Talal was regularly updated by the Clinton state dept what the scientist revealed, etc...
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