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The Case of the Missing Iranian Nuke Scientist

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Posted on Jun 8, 2010

Where in the world is Shahram Amiri? Well, for starters, he could be in Tucson.

One video shows a man who may well be Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri claiming that he was abducted by Americans and is now being held in Tucson, Ariz.—in which case, whoever kidnapped him should make sure he has the right papers. Another video features a clearer image of someone who could be the same missing scientist, but this time he says he’s in school in Arizona. What gives? The BBC gave this mystery a closer look on Tuesday.  —KA


The contradictory accounts of Mr Amiri’s fate have emerged as the UN Security Council is due to vote on a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme on Wednesday.

Mr Amiri worked as a researcher at a university in Tehran, Iranian media reported.

But other reports said he worked for the country’s Atomic Energy Organisation and had in-depth knowledge of the country’s nuclear programme.

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PatrickHenry's avatar

By PatrickHenry, June 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment

Looks like a Mexican nuke scientist to me.

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By rico, suave, June 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment


I tried to watch that first link from but it kept freezing my page. Oh, well. Watched the rest though. Craig Murray is a very likeable chap. The Nazi snuff videos and the photo of some dead fat guy on a slab were very interesting, if not COMPLETELY irrelevant. And of course, Monty Python! What’s not to like there???

But let’s return to the original article, which says, and I quote, “One video shows a man who may well be Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri claiming that he was abducted by Americans and is now being held in Tucson, Ariz.”

Now, bear with me here. A cynic such as myself might find a few nits to pick: “One video”, “who may well be”, “claiming that he was abducted”, “held in Tucson, AZ”.

You posted what, seven videos? So, where’s that “one video” that would validate your post? (Unless that was the one I couldn’t open: “How convenient!” as the church lady says on SNL) Have we heard anything from Iran about a missing nuclear scientist? If he’s being held in Tucson, how the hell could he have made a video claiming his abduction? And why Tucson? Why not Area 51? Hell! Why not Uzbekistan, where all the foot drilling and boiling goes on?

Smitty, Smitty, Smitty. You need to be more thoughtful and serious. Step it up now! You’re way too credulous.

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