POLIZETTE — Although it may be impossible to know for certain if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lax handling of sensitive information played a role in the recent execution of an Iranian scientist, security experts said Tuesday it again highlights her recklessness.
Iran recently announced the execution of Shahram Amiri, an expert in radioactive isotopes at Tehran’s Malek Ashtar University, for “revealing the country’s top secrets to the enemy … the Great Satan.” An email forwarded to Clinton in July 2010 discussed Amiri, referred to as “our friend,” according to WikiLeaks.
“We’re never going to know whether they learned about him from the emails or not, but there were discussions about him in a classified email,” said Fred Fleitz, a former CIA official who now serves as senior vice president for policy and programs at the Center for Security Policy. “This sort of proves what the leaks might have caused.”
Amiri’s execution has resurrected concerns about the private email server that Clinton had set up in the basement of her home in Chappaqua, New York. FBI Director James Comey determined that Clinton’s conduct did not rise to the level of a criminal violation, but called her behavior “careless.”
Amiri reportedly provided crucial information to the United States and defected in 2009. But in summer 2010, he went to the Iranian Interests section of the Pakistani embassy in Washington and asked to be returned home. Initially treated as a hero by the Iranian government, he later mysteriously disappeared.