Well, Well, Look What We Found

EXCLUSIVE: Iran Nuclear Scientist Defects to U.S. In CIA ‘Intelligence Coup’

An award-winning Iranian nuclear scientist, who disappeared last year under mysterious circumstances, has defected to the CIA and been resettled in the United States, according to people briefed on the operation by intelligence officials.

Award-winning nuclear physicist helped CIA spy on Iran’s nuclear program.The officials were said to have termed the defection of the scientist, Shahram Amiri, “an intelligence coup” in the continuing CIA operation to spy on and undermine Iran’s nuclear program.

A spokesperson for the CIA declined to comment. In its declassified annual report to Congress, the CIA said, “Iran is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons though we do not know whether Tehran eventually will decide to produce nuclear weapons.”

Amiri, a nuclear physicist in his early 30s, went missing last June three days after arriving in Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage, according to the Iranian government. He worked at Tehran’s Malek Ashtar University, which is closely connected to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, according to the Associated Press.

“The significance of the coup will depend on how much the scientist knew in the compartmentalized Iranian nuclear program,” said former White House counter-terrorism official Richard Clarke, an ABC News consultant. “Just taking one scientist out of the program will not really disrupt it.”

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, and other Iranian officials last year blamed the U.S. for “kidnapping” Amiri, but his whereabouts had remained a mystery until now.

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Although this is surely a nice bit of U.S. espionage, it’s highly unlikely that the defection of this one Iranian scientist yielded enough information for us to fully pinpoint the extent of Iran’s nuclear weapons program. In fact, it’s been so long without any meaningful punitive sanctions or military action, that Iran has had more than enough time to surreptitiously disperse their nuclear research facilities to the point where any attempted military action against them would almost certainly be an exercise in futility. Iran has also had enough uninterrupted time to perfect the nuclear fuel cycle and weaponization processes. In other words, at this point, it’s highly probable that Iran’s nuclear weapons program is now unstoppable and the Iranians will eventually field a deliverable nuclear device. We’re now totally screwed by our own decades of handwringing and inaction.

/I can only pray to God that we don’t give up on our missile defense technology too, it might be our last trump card left

All Your Iranian Nuclear Scientists Are Belong To US

What’s the matter Mahmoud, did you lose some nuclear scientists? Bummer, little dude.

Where did two Iran nuclear scientists disappear to?

Two Iranian nuclear scientists disappeared over the past weeks and allegedly defected to the West, the London-based pan-Arabic daily Asharq al-Awsat reported.

According to the report, the first defector is Sharam Amiri, a scientist in Iran’s nuclear program who was likely tied to the recently discovered secret uranium enrichment plant near the holy city of Qom.

Amiri disappeared in Saudi Arabia in July while he was on the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Defection speculations have been gaining popularity in light of an announcement made by Iran’s foreign ministry that it had asked Saudi officials to help locate Amiri. This announcement is unusual because many Iranians go missing during the annual hajj pilgrimage, and in those cases, not only is there no foreign ministry announcement, usually there is no effort made to locate them, despite their families’ pleas.

The foreign ministry announcement indicates that Amiri may have a particularly sensitive position in the Iranian nuclear program.

The report regarding the second scientist is also strange. Asharq al-Awsat uses only his surname – Ardebili. He was allegedly arrested in Georgia a few weeks ago. Reports say that Ardebili worked in the Iranian nuclear program as well, but the Iranian foreign ministry fervently denies these claims, and maintains that Ardebili was a businessman who was extradited to the U.S. following his arrest.

If the report is correct and two scientists from Iran’s nuclear program indeed defected, it would be a harsh blow to Iran and its nuclear plans on the one hand, and a triumph on the part of Western intelligence on the other.

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Iranian FM: U.S. Involved In Disappearance Of Alleged Nuclear Scientist

Missing Iranian nuclear scientists, what missing Iranian nuclear scientists? We don’t have any missing Iranian nuclear scientists!

/on the other hand, if it ever turns out that we do have some missing Iranian nuclear scientists, I sure hope Obama won’t prosecute the responsible intelligence agents for kidnapping