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Iranian scientist says he was taken for a ride

The mysterious story of the Iranian scientist begins and ends with a cab.

When Shahram Amiri showed up at 6:30 pm Monday at the Iranian interests section in Washington, maintained by the Pakistani embassy, the only person there was the security guard. They spoke to each other in Farsi.

Amiri's story, as related by Pakistani officials who spoke to him, is that he was in Medina last year when he hailed what he thought was a cab. Once inside the cab, he was drugged and the next thing he knew, he woke up in the United States. During his stay in Tucson, he said he wasn't tortured or physically abused but he suffered from "mental torture." He kept insisting he wanted to go home and finally he was brought back to DC and put in a cab, which had been given the address of the Iranian interest section. Amiri did not explain how he ended up in the cab--or who gave the address to the cabbie.

Amiri apparently has not yet spoken to his family in Iran.

Though U.S. officials say Amiri has every right to go home if he wants, it's not quite as easy as simply getting on a plane. There is a bureaucratic problem of the fact he has no U.S, entry stamp or visa in his passport. There are also no direct flight, and the Iranian government insists he fly on Turkish airlines, with a plane change in Istanbul. He's alrady missed Tuesday's flight, but there is another flight at 4:45 Wednesday, which would bring him to Tehran at 4:10 am Thursday.

Otherwise, he will have to wait till Saturday.

By Karen DeYoung  | July 13, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
 
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This is absoutely hilarious! A nuclear scientist has decided he'd rather live under Ahmadinejad's regime instead of Obama's regime. Well, I can understand that. There are millions and millions and millions of us Americans who wish we had someplace else to go to until this OBAMA NIGHTMARE is over.

Posted by: georges2 | July 14, 2010 3:59 AM | Report abuse

In the World's eyes ,US has truly replaced the erstwhile USSR as an evil empire thanks to our rogue and inept CIA.How could
Poor Hillary explain how and why this Iranian scientist arrived here without any Passport or US visa. Obviously he was kidnapped by the CIA. Inept as it is , CIA has given a very bad name to our country in the international community. That has been the main contribution of this poorly led ,intellectually defunct,useless white elephant.
Whenever CIA is mentioned, what comes to mind: Kidnappings and asasinations of innocent people, Black sites(illegal torture centers in puppet countries),water boarding of prisoners and shoddy intelligence. Remember, when the Soviet Union was on the brink of economic collapse, CIA was dissiminating an entirely opposite view.Only Isreali Mossad has such a dismal and bumbling record, as evidenced by their cold blooded murder(plainly exposed agents photographed in shorts with tennis rackets) of the Palestinian leader in Dubai! Just imagine what has been the end result of this "defection" (kidnapping) of the Iranian scientist. Nothing but total embarrasement for USA.I doubt if we got an iota of intelligence about the Iranian nuclear programme from this "operation".
CIA should be disbanded altogether.
Most of the intelligence it "collects" is freely available on internet and newspapers. Other law enforcement and professional agencies like FBI should be assigned the job of collecting good and actionable intelligence.

Posted by: syedahaq2000 | July 14, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Yeah but there's even more of us that wish you'd find that place--and stay there. Ah for the good ole days when W was prez.....

1. Cut taxes and raised the deficit.
2. Invaded Iraq and raised the deficit.
3. Fought for Medicare part D without paying for it and raised the deficit.

Its all Obama's fault...drink the kool aid tea bagger.

Posted by: steveinva | July 14, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

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