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Trump Mainstreams Allegation That Iran Killed Scientist Due to Clinton Emails

Donald Trump has gone ahead and mainstreamed a completely unproven allegation that Hillary Clinton‘s emails are the reason why Iran killed a scientist just days ago:

Iran said this weekend that they executed scientist Shahram Amiri after he was convicted of spying for the United States. They said he “gave vital information about the country to the enemy.”

Now, it does appear that Clinton emails released by the State Department did contain small, cryptic references to Amiri, seemingly confirming he was a defector who aided the United States. Neither of the emails names him directly, but reports like CNN’s (linked above) put the pieces together.

Senator Tom Cotton brought this up yesterday, which has led to some questions on conservative websites about whether Clinton’s emails got him killed.

The Washington Post‘s Josh Rogin took a look at this theory and concluded it was clearly jumping to conclusions:

There are several possible explanations as to why Amiri decided to go home and face the judgment of the Iranian justice system, which concluded he was a traitor. The Iranian government may have threatened his wife and 7-year old son. He may have hated life on the run. He may have had a change of heart.

But there’s no reasonable connection between the discussion of Amiri’s case on email by Clinton’s staff to Amiri’s eventual execution. There’s no evidence her server was hacked. The Iranians knew all about Amiri well before the emails were released publicly. His kidnapping story never held water and his fate was sealed long before his sentence was carried out.

And the “many people are saying” construction of Trump’s tweet led to some snark:

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