Shahram Amiri videos
Updated 3:31 a.m.
A man who identified himself as Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri said he was kidnapped and tortured by the Central Intelligence Agency in 2009 and being held in Arizona. He made his allegations in an online chat recorded on April 5 and uploaded to YouTube in early June as "Nuclear Scientist Shahram Amiri Kidnap video allegation on Iran TV":
His allegations, according to the BBC's translation:
"I, Shahram Amiri, expert and researcher of Malek-e-Ashtar Industrial University, am currently in the American city of Tucson in the state of Arizona.
"I was kidnapped last year (2009) in the holy city of Medina on 3 June in a joint operation by the terror and abduction units of the American CIA and Saudi Arabia's Istikhbarat [intelligence agency].
"They took me to a house located somewhere that I didn't know. They gave me an anesthetic injection. When I became conscious I was in a big [voice interrupted] towards America.
"During the eight months that I was kept in America, I was subject to the most severe tortures and psychological pressures by the American intelligence investigation groups."
He then refuted his earlier claims in an early June video, which also aired on Iranian television. "I would like to urge everyone to stop presenting a distorted image of me," he said in the video, below:
Full transcripts of the first two videos are available from the BBC.
Messages from him have continued to crop up on YouTube. Here is "Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri sending message to his family in Iran - 23 June 2010":
The site provides this translation: "Today June 23th, 2010, I, Shahram Amiri am from the Islamic Republic of Iran and currently reside in America. I wanted to inform my dear family that I am doing well, and not to be worried about me. God willing, I will be returning to my dear country Iran in the next few days. I want my family to be strong and patient and prey for my safe return".
On June 29, 2010, another video was uploaded to YouTube. The speaker indicated in the clip that it was shot on June 14:
"I'm not free here," he said, according to a translation by Post reporter Tara Bahrampour, "and I don't have permission to be in touch with my family."
He again refuted what he said in the earlier videos, and said that if anything happened to him it was the responsibility of the United States. He did not betray his country, Iran, he said.
At the end of the video, another voice can be heard speaking in Farsi off camera saying, "Good job. Louder."
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