US denies charges against 'spy' in Iran

2012-01-09 23:02

Washington - The White House says accusations against an American man convicted in an Iranian court of working for the CIA are false.

National security council spokesperson Tommy Vietor says the White House is monitoring reports that Amir Mirzaei Hekmati has been sentenced to death by the court.

He says if the reports are true, the White House strongly condemns the verdict and will work with US partners "to convey our condemnation to the Iranian government."

Vietor says allegations that Hekmati worked for or was sent to Iran by the CIA are false.

And he says Iran has a history of falsely accusing people of being spies and holding innocent Americans for political reasons.

Vietor called on Iran to release Hekmati without delay.

  • RE - 2012-01-10 06:03

    of course they gonna say it. hang him n nuke USA

      Garth - 2012-01-10 11:22

      Sooo . . . who's using the family brain-cell this week?

  • Graziella - 2012-01-10 06:53

    Plausible Denial!

  • Paul - 2012-01-10 07:16

    An excuse to start a war...

  • Barry - 2012-01-10 07:36

    The USA had no choice but to answer this way. The dont want to admit to terrorism as leaders of the "free world"

  • herman.erasmus - 2012-01-10 07:42

    Yes lets nuke the US ! Of course and then we can have a choice of a religous state like iran or a one party state like tchina , once the US is gone all will be better . Idiots

  • Bones - 2012-01-10 09:21

    "And he says Iran has a history of falsely accusing people of being spies and holding innocent Americans for political reasons", But the US spy drones are falling out of the sky in that part of the world. The US needs a proper klap in a hurry, they are the worlds worst warmongers.

      Graziella - 2012-01-10 10:34

      Hundreds of so called enemy combatants are languishing in Guantanamo without any due process for over 10 years now in disregard of the Geneva convention for war. Simon Davids, a CIA agent, killed two Pakistanese and his government also denied him being a spy. News24 keeps binning my posts, whether through quality control or technical issues I'm not sure. Moderation is considered censorship in some countries.

      Garth - 2012-01-10 11:01

      `Pakistanese?' Sorry could not resist. Possibly the reason for your posts being `binned', is your oft-repeated ad nauseum rabid anti-west stance. Not sure what you are pro, besides the removal of all whites from SA and the replacement of western investment with chinese exploitation, but continually screaming anti-west rhetoric using western technology is hypocritical, for a start. One thing that you should look into, is how many of the countries with US influence in or over them begged the US for this attention. All those of you calling for the USA to get `nuked' or to catch a `klap' have obviously very little idea of what the word `fall-out' means; and no, not nuclear fall-out either.

      Graziella - 2012-01-10 11:50

      When the Chinese build a joint venture refinery in Nigeria - so they get security of supply and Nigeria gets the profits from refining, it is 'colonialism'. In all the decades of Shell's exploitation it never dreamt of doing that; refining profits 'belong' to them. Clearly, drinking too much kool aid distorts your understanding; an inability to distinguish between a productive business partnership and colonialism. China is about business not spreading communism or proselytizing any form of religion or ideology. Your position on Chinese colonialism is nonsensical and self-serving.

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