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Iran Executes Nuclear Scientist Who Had Been Discussed in Insecure Hillary Emails (Video)

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:58 pm

Iran has executed a nuclear scientist for cooperating with the United States — a scientist mentioned in emails sent to Hillary Clinton’s private and unsecured server. USA Today reports:

An Iranian scientist accused of providing information on his country’s nuclear program to the United States has been executed for treason, an Iranian judiciary spokesman said Sunday.

Shahram Amiri was charged with spying for enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran, spokesman Gholamhosein Mohseni-Ejei said in his weekly news conference, the Iranian Student News Agency reported.

“Amiri had access to confidential military secrets and was connected to our No. 1 enemy, the Great Satan,” Mohseni-Ejei said. “He was sentenced to death in primary court, and the sentence was confirmed by Supreme Court” after Amiri appealed.

Buried 14 paragraphs deep in the USA Today story is this nugget:

The recent release of emails sent by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on a private server while she served as secretary of State apparently include references to Amiri, the Associated Press reported.

An email forwarded to Clinton by senior adviser Jake Sullivan on July 5, 2010, from Richard Morningstar, a former State Department special envoy for Eurasian energy, says, “Our friend has to be given a way out. … We should recognize his concerns and frame it in terms of a misunderstanding with no malevolent intent.”

Another email, sent July 12, 2010, by Sullivan, appears to refer to Amiri just before the story of his complicity became public.

“The gentleman … has apparently gone to his country’s interests section because he is unhappy with how much time it has taken to facilitate his departure” from the U.S., Sullivan wrote. “This could lead to problematic news stories in the next 24 hours.”

Oddly enough, they seem more concerned about “problematic news stories” than with the safety of a critical asset helping the United States. Now that man is dead, and it’s time for Big Media to start asking questions about whether Hillary’s recklessness contributed to his death.

Tom Cotton was on Face the Nation this morning, and had some interesting things to say about this. Start watching at 4:25:

COTTON: You mentioned the Iranian scientist who was recently executed. Now, of course I’m not going to comment on what he may or may not have done for the United States government, but in the emails that were on Hillary Clinton’s private server, there were conversations among her senior advisors about this gentleman. That goes to show just how reckless and careless her decision was to put that kind of highly classified information on a private server. And I think her judgment is not suited to keep this country safe.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Thanks to Kevin M. (UPDATE: and Colonel Haiku).

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