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Red October Meets Banquo’s Ghosts

Shahram Amiri, a young but highly-regarded Iranian nuclear scientist who mysteriously disappeared last year, has apparently defected to the CIA.

ABC News has the exclusive from sources familiar with the Company op, which CIA officials called “an intelligence coup.”

Amiri went missing last June while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. At the time, the Iranian regime blamed the U.S. for the “kidnapping.” Sources tell ABC that the defection was the culmination of a long-running op that started when CIA made contact with Amiri, through an intermediary, inside Iran.

Amiri worked at a Tehran university with close ties to the Revolutionary Guard, and is believed to have worked at the Iranian nuclear facility at Qom.

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