July 15th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

Official: U.S. 'got the better end' in Iranian scientist case

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.

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  1. Jeff Sol

    unfortunately the USA has no credibility anymore, leaving many to wonder who to believe. of course they will deny, but they no longer can be believed at face value.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. JG

    This guy is clearly lying. Right you escaped from the CIA after being kidnapped. How stupid do you think we are? The Earth is flat, and there isn't really oil leaking in the Gulf, and the holocaust never happened.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sonoran

    Just from an outsider's perspective I'd say the CIA got played. I think Iran's intelligence system put this guy out there as bait with the intent of reaping a PR bonanza. I don't think the guy gave any real secrets to the CIA, I think he planned to return to Iran the whole time and claim he was kidnapped. What do the Iranians get: 1) A rallying of sentiment for the current regime on the home front. 2)Confirmation of "US as demon incarnate" conspiracy theories worldwide. 3) A chilliing effect on foreign intelligence gathering efforts against Iran

    July 15, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Harley

    He's a dead man walking now. The Iranian ragheads in power will remove his head most expeditiously after torturing him for every bit of information about his actions while here in the United States.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |

    I wonder what the Vegas odds are on how long this guy is going to live? May want some of that action. He's 'toast' to say the least. The Iranian Rev Guard will have him hanging from the streetposts in Tehran and the Iranian Prez will come out a make a statment that he committed suicide becuase he was 'embarrassed for being kidnapped'. I say two weeks tops. Thats enough time for the Rev Guard to torture him and get their info. Too bad though, that the young boy is not going to have father much longer.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |

    sorry for spelling folks, finders got ahead of me!

    July 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John M

    Hmmmm. Just up and escaped from the CIA.... I'm not sure anyone is really buying that. I'm sure if the CIA had wanted to hold a high value Iranian nuclear scientist, they would still have him. What ever the case may be, I agree with Harley's comment. This guy is not going to have a good ending.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fronco123

    my comment was not entered why.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bob Mcenil

    This fiasco just shows one thing:

    5 million is not enough for an Iranian to stay in America 🙂

    Ha HA

    July 16, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anon.

    stupid website i just pressed report abuse trying to reply because d@mn thing jumped around

    September 21, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |