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Iranian Nuclear Scientist Defects: ABC News

Last updated: July 31, 2020 | March 30, 2010 | Liam Evans

Just in from ABC:

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.

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.”

Pretty serious news if true. Expect a new National Intelligence Estimate on the Iranian nuclear program to rely significantly on Amiri.

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