On July 12, 2010, Hillary Clinton’s senior adviser Jake Sullivan referenced an Iranian Nuclear scientist in the emails.
“This could lead to problematic news stories in the next 24 hours,” one of the emails read.
That scientist was executed Sunday in Iran.
It was recently reported that the U.S. gave around $400 million cash payment to Iran. According to NBC News, the U.S. claimed the cash was basically part of a $1.7 billion settlement to Iran for a legal dispute that went for decades.
The settlement took place before an international tribunal in The Hague, according to State Department spokesman John Kirby. However, suggestions were made, which said that the money was a “ransom” to free four Americans being held in Tehran. But the U.S. denied it entirely and claimed the move as coincidental.
The U.S. said that settlement of legal disputes and the freedom of the four American citizens were two separate negotiations. It was claimed that the money given to Iran will be used for sponsoring terrorism, Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria or Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Amidst the scuffle, Donald Trump took over the issue to attack Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. He tweeted that she was an “incompetent Secretary of State” who started the talks to pay back Iran.
“Scandal!” he wrote.
It is known that Clinton initiated the beginning of the nuclear talks; however, she was no longer secretary of state when talks were done. But she supported its outcome. The Democratic front-runner’s campaign did not immediately respond to Trump’s tweet.
The nuclear scientist who was executed by Iran showed up mysteriously in the United States six years ago. After few months, Amiri returned to Tehran, according to authorities.
There are unanswered questions about whether Amiri defected to the United States by choice. However, he claimed that he was kidnapped by agents while on a religious tour in Saudi Arabia in 2009.
According to Washington Post, Amiri stated that Saudi and U.S. agents detained him forcibly and then transferred to the United States. “I was under the harshest mental and physical torture,” he said after returning to Iran.
When Amiri disappeared in 2009, mysterious targeted killings of scientists were being committed in Iran. These victims were associated with the country’s nuclear program. Amiri’s period in the United States remains dark with murky circumstances. His case came into existence when Clinton was secretary of state. This obviously raised the prospect of concern as it could become another element in the U.S. presidential campaign.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump criticized the nuclear deal and other decisions related to Iran taken by Obama administration.
Amiri was executed in his country for spying and giving classified information about Iran to the U.S.
In 2015, the Democratic candidate released her emails as part of investigations into her use of a private server.
Another email forwarded to Clinton on July 5, 2010 — nine days before Amiri returned to Tehran — apparently refers to Amiri’s case.