By Greg Miller July 15 (Washington Post) -- The Iranian nuclear scientist who claimed to have been abducted by the CIA before departing for his homeland Wednesday was paid more than $5 million by the agency to provide intelligence on Iran's nuclear program, U.S. officials said. Shahram Amiri is not obligated to return the money but might be unable to access it after breaking off what U.S. officials described as significant cooperation with the CIA and abruptly returning to Iran. Officials said he might have left out of concern that the Tehran government would harm his family. "Anything he got is now beyond his reach, thanks to the financial sanctions on Iran," a U.S. official said. "He's gone, but his money's not. We have his information, and the Iranians have him." Amiri arrived at the Iranian diplomatic mission in Washington this week and requested to be sent home. U.S.
New Focus on Europeans Who Have Traveled to Pakistan to Train At Militant Camps By Peter Finn and Greg Miller Sept. 29 (Washington Post) -- The detention in Afghanistan of a German citizen of Afghan descent - reportedly a source of information about potential terrorist plots against targets in Europe and possibly the United States - has renewed focus on a stream of Europeans who have traveled to Pakistan in recent years for training at militant camps. Just as American officials have been sounding an alarm about the radicalization of U.S. citizens involved in plots against the homeland, European Union officials have warned that a new generation of Western citizens, including whole families, have traveled to Pakistan, and some appear determined to return home to carry out terrorist attacks. "A not insignificant number of radicalized E.U. nationals and residents are traveling to conflict areas or attending
Former Delphi Corp. Chief Executive Officer J.T. Battenberg III and four other former managers will begin trial Oct. 4 in a securities-fraud lawsuit brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a federal judge said.
Blackstone Group LP is teaming up with Bright Food Group Co. , Shanghai’s biggest food and dairy company, to acquire vitamin and supplement retail chain GNC Holdings Inc. , said two people with knowledge of the matter.