A U.S. official familiar with the case of the Iranian nuclear scientist
says the United States "clearly got the better end of things."
"We have his insights - original information on the Iranian nuclear
program that proved useful - and now the Iranians have him. Plainly, we got the better end of things," the official said of Shahram Amiri.
The official said Amiri wasn't kidnapped or coerced, as he claimed.
"He just wanted to see his family and - unfortunately - he chose a dumb way to do it, lying about what happened to him here to try to build up his credibility back home. He made his own decisions. He chose of his own accord to come to the United States, chose of his own accord who would come with him, and chose of his own accord to leave the United States," the official said.