US nuclear scholar accused of being Iranian foreign agent insists his work was legal

A nuclear scholar charged with working illegally as a foreign agent for Iran claims he did nothing wrong — and is accusing the feds of faking emails to prove their case. Kaveh Afrasiabi, 63, a Harvard professor and longtime U.S. resident, was arrested last month on charges that he secretly worked to further the Iranian government’s political aims while purporting to be an independent source knowledgeable on nuclear issues. But Afrasiabi says there was nothing sinister about his work, and claims he was under the impression the United States was aware of his side gig as a consultant for Tehran. …

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