'Confession' of Accused CIA Spy Reveals Link to US Videogame Maker
By Gar Smith
Amir Mirzai Hekmati, a US citizen of Iranian descent and a
former Marine, has been sentenced to death by a court in Tehran for spying.
According to Iranian press reports, Hekmati was found guilty of "co-operating
with a hostile nation, membership of [sic] the CIA and trying to implicate Iran
Although the story broke big in the mainstream press this
week, Hekmati's alleged videotaped "confession" was actually
broadcast -- in its entirety, with Hekmati speaking Farsi -- on Iranian
television on December 18, 2011. While staged confessions are always suspect,
in the videos, Hekmati looks relaxed and healthy and he speaks quietly, in
calm, measured tones.
Although Hekmati's videotaped
"confession" was broadcast nearly a month ago, it is virtually
impossible to penetrate the Western media's info-barrier to discover what he
actually "confessed to." A Google name search only produces links to stories
from the BBC and US news agencies -- none of which contain the details of
Hekmati's supposed confession. Even a Google search for Hekmati's name linked
with the Fars News Agency (which broadcast the taped "confession")
also leads to the same dead-end. Curiously, the Google search yields no matches
for Fars -- only the same links to the BBC and Western media.
It is only by going directly to the websites
of Fars and the Tehran Times that one can track down the actual content
of Hekmati's videotaped testimony. That is what this reporter did.
One of the most surprising revelations in Hekmati's
online tell-all was his admission that, in addition to training at the
Air Base in Afghanistan, he also spent time working for Kuma/War, a US-based videogame
company that specializes in combat simulations. Kuma/War has reportedly worked under
contract for the US Army but, in the transcript of his taped statement, Hekmati
also claims that, in addition to its Pentagon contracts, Kuma/War received
funding from the CIA.
Confessions of an Arrested American --
On December 12, 2011,
the <a href=" http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9007277922 "> Fars News Agency</a> --reported that the Iranian
Intelligence Ministry has "arrested an agent of the CIA in Iran
immediately after he started his spying activities inside the country."
FNA went on to report: "The arrested spy has been born in Arizona of US
and has a track record of ten years of training as a professional spy. Amir
Mirza Hekmati was employed by the US Army's intelligence section in August
2001. In his confession that was broadcasted [sic] by Iranian TV on Sunday
night, Hekmati explained his secret mission in Iran."
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