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Monday, July 19, 2010

Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri and his son at Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran on July 15, 2010. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week, the media was abuzz with news of the biggest U.S.-Russian spy swap since the Cold War. This week, another spy story has hit the presses--and at its center is the Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri. American officials say Amiri provided the U.S. information about Iran's nuclear weapons program before asking the Iranian Interests Section of the Pakistani Embassy on Monday for a ticket back to Tehran.

In this week's Washington Report on WQXR, David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times, tells WNYC's Kerry Nolan why Amiri is asking to go back home. Sanger also weighs in on a report out in The Washington Post on Monday about whether America's national security and intelligence system is providing adequate oversight for the country, and President Obama's plea to Congress to extend unemployment benefits to hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work.

Guests:

David Sanger

Hosted by:

Kerry Nolan

Produced by:

Abbie Fentress Swanson
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