Clinton's Emails and the Case of the Executed Iranian Scientist Could Have Chilling Effect on Intel Gathering
By Sarah Westwood, Jacqueline Klimas • THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER
Hillary Clinton's private emails discussing the case of an Iranian scientist who was allegedly working with the U.S. could make it more difficult for the intelligence community to gain the trust of sources in the future, according to experts.
Shahram Amiri was an Iranian scientist who is believed to have given the U.S. information about Iran's nuclear program. After entering the Pakistan embassy and declaring he wanted to go home, Amiri left America in 2010 to return to Iran, where he was recently executed for treason.
Amiri appears twice in Clinton's emails, which were sent on her personal, unclassified server and released by the State Department, but never by name. The first on July 5, 2010, states that "our friend" needs to be given a way to leave the U.S. The second, a week later, says that the "gentleman" was still trying to get home and could "lead to problematic news stories."
Amiri's relationship had been reported publicly before the release of the emails. A 2010 New York Times story quoted U.S. officials who said Amiri was paid $5 million for giving information about the country's nuclear program to the CIA.