Israel Military Forum

Welcome to the Israel Military Forum. You are currently viewing our Israel Forum as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions, Image Forum and access our other features. By joining our Israel Military Forum you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so
Join Our Israel Community Today!
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.
Go Back   Israel Military Forum > Israel National security > Nuclear And Strategic Missiles
Register FAQ Pictures Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Nuclear And Strategic Missiles Strategic Missiles And Nuclear Program Related Posts.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-08-2016, 12:07 AM
WABA WABA is offline
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 3,554
WABA will become famous soon enough
Default Iran nuclear scientist executed for 'revealing top secrets'

ABC Home

Iran nuclear scientist executed for 'revealing top secrets' to US, judicial spokesman says

Posted about 10 hours ago

Islamic Republic Of Iran

Iran has executed a nuclear scientist convicted of handing over "confidential and vital" information to the United States, a judicial spokesman says.

"Shahram Amiri was hanged for revealing the country's top secrets to the enemy," Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie told reporters in Tehran.

Dr Amiri disappeared in Saudi Arabia in June 2009 and resurfaced a year later in the United States.

Conflicting accounts said he had either been abducted or had defected at a time when international tensions over Iran's nuclear program were at their peak.

In a surprise move, Dr Amiri then returned to Tehran in July 2010, saying he had been kidnapped at gunpoint by two Farsi-speaking CIA agents in the Saudi city of Medina.

At first he was greeted as a hero, telling reporters as he stepped off the plane at Tehran airport that he had resisted pressure from his US captors to pretend he was a defector.

He denied he was a nuclear scientist and said US officials wanted him to tell the media he had "defected on his own and was carrying important documents and a laptop which contained classified secrets of Iran's military nuclear program".

"But with God's will, I resisted," Dr Amiri said as he was welcomed home by his tearful wife and young son.

However, it was soon clear that Iranian authorities had not accepted this version of events and Dr Amiri dropped out of public view.

'Connection to the enemy'

Iran's judicial spokesman said Sunday that the Iranian intelligence services had "outsmarted" the US.

"American intelligence services thought Iran has no knowledge of his transfer to Saudi Arabia and what he was doing but we knew all of it and were monitoring," Mr Ejeie told reporters.

"This person, having access to confidential and highly confidential information of the regime, had established a connection to our number one enemy, America, and had provided the enemy with Iran's confidential and vital information."

Tehran and Washington have had no diplomatic ties since 1980, when students stormed the US embassy following the 1979 Islamic revolution.

"Shahram Amiri was tried in accordance with law and in the presence of his lawyer," Mr Ejeie said.

"He appealed his death sentence based on judicial process. The Supreme Court ... confirmed it after meticulous reviews."

Execution follows landmark nuclear deal last year

Iran last year signed a landmark deal with world powers, including the US, to place curbs on its controversial nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Numerous media reports in recent years have supported the idea that Dr Amiri was a defector with highly prized information on its nuclear program.

"Shahram Amiri described to American intelligence officers details of how a university in Tehran became the covert headquarters for the country's nuclear efforts," the New York Times reported in July 2010, citing unnamed US officials.

"While still in Iran, he was also one of the sources for a much-disputed National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's suspected weapons program, published in 2007."

World powers had grown increasingly concerned that Iran was pursuing a nuclear weapon a charge that it has consistently denied.

Between 2010 and 2012, four nuclear scientists were assassinated inside Iran and a fifth survived a bomb attack.

The Government blamed the attacks on US and Israeli intelligence services.

Iran finally reached a deal with world powers in July 2015, promising to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for a lifting of international sanctions.

Reply With Quote
Israel Forum

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 03:10 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Israel Military Forum