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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-12 06:57 PM
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2. US condemns Iranian death sentence for American, rejects that ex-Marine was a CIA spy
WASHINGTON The Obama administration Monday rejected Irans charge that a young Iranian-American man used a family trip to Iran as cover for espionage, after the Tehran government issued the first death penalty against a U.S. citizen since the Islamic Revolution 33 years ago. The U.S. suggested the decision was a political ploy.

In a case that surely will heighten tensions with Tehran, Iran charged Amir Mirzaei Hekmati with receiving special training and serving at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before traveling to Iran on an intelligence mission. A court convicted him of belonging to the CIA and trying to inculpate Iran of involvement in terrorism, according to a state radio report Monday.

The United States denied the accusations. The State Department called them a complete fabrication and White House spokesman Tommy Vietor added that allegations that Mr. Hekmati either worked for or was sent to Iran by the CIA are false.

The Iranian regime has a history of falsely accusing people of being spies, of eliciting forced confessions and of holding innocent Americans for political reasons, Vietor said in a statement.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-deni...
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