January 12, 2010 / 9:35 PM / 10 years ago

CIA not behind death of Iranian scientist: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA played no role in a bombing that killed a Tehran University scientist on Tuesday, a U.S. intelligence official said.

Iranian officials and state media described professor Massoud Ali-Mohammadi as a nuclear scientist, and Iran’s cabinet said agents of the United States were behind his murder.

“Any suggestion that the CIA played a role here is flat wrong,” the U.S. intelligence official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A U.S. State Department official earlier rejected as “absurd” Tehran’s accusations of U.S. involvement.

Reporting by Adam Entous; Editing by Sandra Maler

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