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I feel I should proffer the best possible advice to my government. He later ran into one or two of the same people at an academic conference.
Centra strives to mask its CIA connections. We have nothing to do with that. The receptionist fetched human resources director Dianne Colpitts. F or Iranian academics escaping to the west, academic conferences are a modern-day underground railroad. The CIA has taken full advantage of this vulnerability. Because it was hard to approach the scientists in Iran, the CIA enticed them to conferences in friendly or neutral countries, a former intelligence officer told me.
In consultation with Israel, the agency would choose a prospect. Like professors anywhere, they enjoyed a junket. The CIA officer assigned to the case might pose as a student, a technical consultant, or an exhibitor with a booth. His first job would be to peel the guards away from the scientist.
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The hope was that they would attribute their illness to aeroplane food or an unfamiliar cuisine. With luck, the officer would catch the scientist alone for a few minutes, and pitch to him. That way, if the scientist expressed doubt that he was really dealing with the CIA, the officer could respond that he knew everything about him, even the most intimate details — and prove it.
Even after the scientist agreed to defect, he might reconsider and run away. Once he was safely in a car to the airport, the CIA coordinated the necessary visas and flight documents with allied intelligence agencies.
It would also spare no effort to bring his wife and children to the US — though not his mistress, as one scientist requested. Unfortunately, the CIA had spirited him out of Iran without credentials such as diplomas and transcripts.
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But the agency persisted, and the renowned engineering school agreed to accommodate the CIA by waiving its usual screening procedures. It mustered a group of professors from related departments to grill the defector. He aced the oral exam, was admitted, and earned his doctorate. MIT administrators deny any knowledge of the episode.
However, two academics corroborated key elements of the story. Somehow I learned that he did work on centrifuges in Iran. But if President Trump scraps or seeks to renegotiate the deal, which he denounced in a September speech to the United Nations General Assembly, CIA-staged conferences to snag key Iranian nuclear scientists could make a clandestine comeback. The long read. In order to tempt nuclear scientists from countries such as Iran or North Korea to defect, US spy agencies routinely send agents to academic conferences — or even host their own fake ones.
By Daniel Golden. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Topics The long read. Reuse this content. Most popular. His handlers gave him a Samsung phone that doubled as a covert communications device, according to testimony.
As he worked with the Chinese, Mallory began reaching out to former CIA colleagues in an apparent effort to pump them for information. The ex-colleagues grew suspicious and contacted the CIA, prosecutors say. The spy agency launched an investigation with the FBI. He added: "I will destroy all electronic records after you confirm receipt. I already destroyed the paper records.
I cannot keep these around, too dangerous. Once he realized authorities were on to him, Mallory reported to the CIA that he believed Chinese intelligence had tried to recruit him. He seemed stunned, according to court testimony, when the incriminating messages popped up on the Samsung phone in the presence of investigators. After they arrested him, the FBI searched his home and found a digital storage card with eight secret and top-secret documents. Some information on the documents could have put American agents in danger, prosecutors said.
And Mallory sent the information about the couple working on behalf of the Defense Intelligence Agency after he learned they would be traveling to the China in the summer of , according to court records. The judge in the case is T.