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    The mother of the former U.S. Marine sentenced to death in Iran was allowed to visit her son, who she said looked gaunt and terrified on death row.

    Amir Hekmati's mother, Benhaz, went to Tehran in late January, according to a report posted late Tuesday by The New York Times, three weeks after an Iranian court sentenced the 28-year-old Arizona-raised Iranian-American to death for "cooperating for a hostile country... and spying for the CIA."

    "While he is disappointed by the circumstances he finds himself in, he is hopeful that the truth will be known and he will be able to come home very soon," Hekmati's mother said in a statement, according to The Times. She described the Iranian officials she met as "hospitable" and "respectful," but said her son looked thinner and shocked by his ordeal.

    Hekmati's family has publicly maintained Hekmati's innocence, as first voiced by his father to ABC News in an exclusive interview before the death sentence came down.

    "My son is no spy. He is innocent. He's a good fellow, a good citizen, a good man," Hekmati said in December. "These are all unfounded allegations and a bunch of lies."

    EXCLUSIVE: Father of American 'Spy' Calls Iran Claims 'Bunch of Lies'


    Hekmati, an Arizona-born Iranian-American who served the U.S. Marines as a rifleman from 2001 to 2005, was arrested while visiting his extended family, including two elderly grandmothers, in Tehran on Aug. 29, 2011, according to the family. The family said they were urged by the Iranian government to keep quiet about his arrest with the promise of later release, but then in December, Hekmati was shown on Iranian television allegedly confessing to being an undercover agent of the Central Intelligence Agency on a mission to infiltrate the Iranian Intelligence Ministry.

    "It was their [the CIA's] plan to first burn some useful information, give it to them [the Iranians] and let Iran's Intelligence Ministry think that this is good material," Hekmati says calmly in the video.

    READ: American Held By Iran as CIA 'Spy' Had No Military Intel Training

    Contrary to claims made during the initial Iranian broadcast, Hekmati's military record, provided to ABC News, shows that he never had intelligence training and the U.S. State Department said in early January Iran's claims that Hekmati "either worked for, or was sent to Iran by the CIA are simply untrue."

    "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," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said then.

    With the exception of the rare family statement criticizing Iran's previous lack of cooperation, Hekmati's kin, now represented by a high-powered attorney and a public relations firm, have been quiet in their dogged efforts to free the 28-year-old.

    "By remaining discreet, you are not ruling out the option to be more public later," the family's lawyer in America, Pierre-Richard Prosper, told The Times. "A more visible campaign has not been ruled out."

    Shortly before Benhaz's visit, Hekmati's lawyers in Tehran filed an appeal with courts in Tehran.

    Eric Volz, a spokesperson for the family, did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment on this report, but Volz confirmed Hekmati's mother's visit to The Associated Press. A website set up by representatives of the family, FreeAmir.org, posted The New York Times' story in place of a new family statement.


    This is why we need to stay out of Iran's business.
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    -question answered snip-

  3. Post #3
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    Hekmati's family has publicly maintained Hekmati's innocence, as first voiced by his father to ABC News in an exclusive interview before the death sentence came down.

    "My son is no spy. He is innocent. He's a good fellow, a good citizen, a good man," Hekmati said in December. "These are all unfounded allegations and a bunch of lies."
    Yeah, like Iran would care.
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    A Rifleman turned Spy?

    That doesn't even make bloody sense. The CIA doesn't just go find some grunt and say "Hey buddy, you are going to Iran to spy for us."

    Oh well, should have expected this from Iran.
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    Why can't they just send him out of Iran and back to America instead of executing an American on their soil?
    Because they suspect him of spying and letting him go would be letting all of his (possibly) captured data go with him.

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    Because they suspect him of spying and letting him go would be letting all of his (possibly) captured data go with him.
    Ah of course, that'd make sense. I'm a bit slow today

    Edited:

    The US should do something about this though, try negotiating with them or something instead of letting them just kill him off
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    I bet that mother is spying too!

    Get her!
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    I bet that mother is spying too!

    Get her!
    Oh, give em time. They will have her strung up before she leaves the country as being his "handler".
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    Oh, give em time. They will have her strung up before she leaves the country as being his "handler".
    Or for being a woman.
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    Or for being a woman.
    You're thinking of Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. Iran is actually one of the better middle eastern countries for female rights.
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    You're thinking of Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. Iran is actually one of the better middle eastern countries for female rights.
    Which is why they'll let her visit her son before executing her.
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    That doesn't even make bloody sense. The CIA doesn't just go find some grunt and say "Hey buddy, you are going to Iran to spy for us."
    Maybe some Iranian official was playing MW2 one day and said "so that's how they're doing it!"
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    Maybe some Iranian official was playing MW2 one day and said "so that's how they're doing it!"
    Exactly what I had in mind.

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    Ohh Iran, you about to fuck up. Kill a US Citizen and kiss you're piss country good bye.
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    Ohh Iran, you about to fuck up. Kill a US Citizen and kiss you're piss country good bye.
    i seriously doubt the us would attack iran because of this incident.
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    i seriously doubt the us would attack iran because of this incident.
    It certainly wont help the

  17. Post #17
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    Boohooo, a spy stays a spy. Propaganda.
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    Boohooo, a spy stays a spy. Propaganda.
    What are you on about this time?

    This man couldn't be a spy. He is for all purposes nothing useful to intelligence gathering. They forced a confession out of him (as Iran has a history of doing, including to their own citizens) and now they are going to kill him for the sole purpose of inflaming America.
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    A Rifleman turned Spy?

    That doesn't even make bloody sense. The CIA doesn't just go find some grunt and say "Hey buddy, you are going to Iran to spy for us."

    Oh well, should have expected this from Iran.
    Actually, yes. Marines (Infantry specifically) are the most selected for jobs as agents in the FBI and CIA.
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    He is for all purposes nothing useful to intelligence gathering.
    I'd believe it's important in intelligence gathering to hire as many as possible ideologically or financially interested agents in the target country, spies can be completely normal people who are there to provide intelligence about public opinion or activities of a nearby important installation for example.

    Sometimes it's also just impossible to find out effective agents and you have to resort for the best you can get just to have some picture of happenings inside a nation.

    Edit: And contrary to popular belief, spies are usually people who already live in the target country or are about to travel there on business for example, preferably natives of the target nation.

    Is it somehow hard to believe that Iran is of interest to US and therefore US spies on Iran? And sometimes the spies even get caught!?

    Edit: So yeah I guess it's a succesfull tactic to make losing a spy into a propaganda victory.

  21. Post #21
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    You're thinking of Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. Iran is actually one of the better middle eastern countries for female rights.
    Iran still has laws enabling a women to be stoned to death for adultery.
    http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/1...7BP01Y20111226

    Not exactly much better.
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    A Rifleman turned Spy?

    That doesn't even make bloody sense. The CIA doesn't just go find some grunt and say "Hey buddy, you are going to Iran to spy for us."
    Maybe that's what they want you to think
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    Actually, yes. Marines (Infantry specifically) are the most selected for jobs as agents in the FBI and CIA.
    Not really... A college education is a preqrequisite that many career soldiers don't have during their military service. (FBI operates domestically btw)
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    Not really... A college education is a preqrequisite that many career soldiers don't have during their military service. (FBI operates domestically btw)
    Spy is not an official job.

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    For some odd reason, my mind completely messed up the head line to think that the mother was being sentenced to death for visiting her ex-U.S. Marine.
    Then I figured that it was a retarded thought and read the article to see what is going.
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    Spy is not an official job.
    That doesn't change the fact that if you're working for the CIA's clandestine service you need a college degree.

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    Maybe some Iranian official was playing MW2 one day and said "so that's how they're doing it!"
    You mean MW3

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    Meanwhile, the actual spies in Iran are probably going about their buisness just fine.
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    Meanwhile, the actual spies in Iran are probably going about their buisness just fine.
    He was probably snitched by a real spy.

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    He was probably snitched by a real spy.
    So he was snitched on for visiting family by a real spy?

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    Boohooo, a spy stays a spy. Propaganda.
    "An innocent man is getting executed in Iran, they're saying he's a spy"
    "That's horrible! What nationality is he?"
    "American"
    "Pff, it's just propaganda then"
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    Not really... A college education is a preqrequisite that many career soldiers don't have during their military service. (FBI operates domestically btw)
    I got my first degree within two years of being in the Marines. All of my buddies have degrees too.

    So yes, really.

    Edited:

    Actually, yes. Marines (Infantry specifically) are the most selected for jobs as agents in the FBI and CIA.
    I suppose all you peter puffers that are disagreeing have first had experience like I do, right? I'm not lying. You fulfill almost all of of the pre-reqs that they look for just by being an Marine Corps infantry. Specifically infantry because you go through more physical training, combat training and have a higher security clearance than other jobs in the Marines.