American video game designer sentenced to death in Iran for spying

Iran's Revolutionary Court gave the death sentence to Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, an American-born citizen and former United States military serviceman, on charges of allegedly spying for the Central Intelligence Agency. Hekmati, who is of Iranian descent, claimed in his confession that Kuma Reality Games, the video game developer he worked for, "was receiving money from the C.I.A. to produce and design movies and games with the aim of manipulating public opinion in the Middle East."

His confession continued, "The goal of the [video game] company was to convince the people of Iran and the people of the entire world that whatever the U.S. does in other countries is a good measure."

Hekmati also admitted to spying on Iran for the C.I.A. in his confession, which was aired on Iranian state television in December. Whether those claims and any of the other claims Hekmati made in his confession are true is debatable and unknown, as it is unsure whether his confession was made under duress.

Game blog Kotaku found evidence that Hekmati did indeed work for Kuma. While the game company declined to comment on whether it had employed Hekmati or not, Kuma chief Keith Halper did admit in 2006 to taking contract work to develop training software for the U.S. Army, though he did not state that the developer received funding from the C.I.A. or any other U.S. government organization.

Kuma\War, a reality-based shooter game released in 2004, recreates real-world conflicts and features episodes in which players can track down and kill terrorists such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Osama bin Laden. A recent scenario in Kuma\War took place in Iran and tasked players with infiltrating a secret facility to destroy the country's nuclear weapons program.

The C.I.A. declined to comment after the broadcasted confession, while the United States government has demanded Hekmati's release.

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Read all the facts and the guys background from the US and his language skills etc. He is obviously a spy. You get sentenced to death in most countries in the world if you are a spy. Just the media making Iran look bad. He is obviously a spy just like those 3 hikers were.

Is this a new guy, or is this the one BBC mentioned earlier in the week?
If it's the same guy, it's his own damned fault for being dual citizen with US and Iran.

However, I still find any human's death at the hand of another human to be senseless.

dotf said,
Is this a new guy, or is this the one BBC mentioned earlier in the week?
If it's the same guy, it's his own damned fault for being dual citizen with US and Iran.
However, I still find any human's death at the hand of another human to be senseless.

I'm kinda for Death penalty but just for murders/mass murder and not for self defense its sad to see one human kill another as you said but I have hard time to believe that one human's life is worth more than another human. I mean you wouldnt be saying this if someone you love is murdered and the accused person get just 10-18 (yea thats sweden) yrs of prison.

duddit2 said,

Riiiiiight, because thats the reason..........

Actually, the convicting judge said he was guilty of "fighting against God" ... so yeah sam is kind of right.

This is looking a lot like the Cold War between the US and Soviet Union - only one of the nations has changed - so, what does Iran really want?

PGHammer said,
This is looking a lot like the Cold War between the US and Soviet Union - only one of the nations has changed - so, what does Iran really want?

Probably to be left the hell alone. If an Iranian spy drone had crashed in the U.S., tell me we wouldn't be knocking on doors in Tehran right now...

PGHammer said,
This is looking a lot like the Cold War between the US and Soviet Union - only one of the nations has changed - so, what does Iran really want?
well possibly (and based on a severe lack of evidence to the contrary along with a warmongering stance perpetuated by a media with no morals or integrity) probable, that they just want to be left the f**k alone, they are self sufficient and don't need the US, hence the US wants to destroy them. They won't play ball like tge Saudis, like Lybya, like Syria etc. They are a legitimate member of the nuclear treaty, they are inspected and monitored, there is zero evidence that they are creating nukes, burnt since when does the US need evidence ey. The US and Israel are on a mission to start a war with Iran, plain and simple, I say this as niether a supporter of the US or Iran, but someone with a brain that refuses to jump on a media bandwagon headed for insane and dangerous times.

PGHammer said,
This is looking a lot like the Cold War between the US and Soviet Union - only one of the nations has changed - so, what does Iran really want?

well possibly (and based on a severe lack of evidence to the contrary along with a warmongering stance perpetuated by a media with no morals or integrity) probable, that they just want to be left the f**k alone, they are self sufficient and don't need the US, hence the US wants to destroy them.

They won't play ball like the Saudis, so just like Lybya, Iraq, Syria etc they are targetted - their leaders refuse to be effected by bribery or corruption from the US. They are a legitimate member of the nuclear treaty, they are inspected and monitored, there is zero evidence that they are creating nukes, but since when does the US need evidence ey.

The US and Israel are on a mission to start a war with Iran, plain and simple, I say this as neither a supporter of the US or Iran, but an observer with a brain that refuses to jump on a media bandwagon headed for insane and dangerous times. If Iran is invaded (most likely they'll increase the sanctions, or provoke a response in some other way so that the media they control can report that the US is 'retaliating') then Russia and China will get involved, as they are sick to death of watching the west (mainly US and UK) walking all over the plannet like some f**king world police on a massive empire bilding mission for their banker bosses (I'm looking at you Rothschild, Rockerfeller etc).

(this is a repost to clarify sopme things and correct errors)

duddit2 said,

well possibly (and based on a severe lack of evidence to the contrary along with a warmongering stance perpetuated by a media with no morals or integrity) probable, that they just want to be left the f**k alone, they are self sufficient and don't need the US, hence the US wants to destroy them.

They won't play ball like the Saudis, so just like Lybya, Iraq, Syria etc they are targetted - their leaders refuse to be effected by bribery or corruption from the US. They are a legitimate member of the nuclear treaty, they are inspected and monitored, there is zero evidence that they are creating nukes, but since when does the US need evidence ey.

The US and Israel are on a mission to start a war with Iran, plain and simple, I say this as neither a supporter of the US or Iran, but an observer with a brain that refuses to jump on a media bandwagon headed for insane and dangerous times. If Iran is invaded (most likely they'll increase the sanctions, or provoke a response in some other way so that the media they control can report that the US is 'retaliating') then Russia and China will get involved, as they are sick to death of watching the west (mainly US and UK) walking all over the plannet like some f**king world police on a massive empire bilding mission for their banker bosses (I'm looking at you Rothschild, Rockerfeller etc).

(this is a repost to clarify sopme things and correct errors)

If you claim to have a brain answer this. Why did the UK, France along with Arab support) go into Libya? Also the USA had next to NOTHING to do with the Libya conflict (Thankfully !)

StevenNT said,

If you claim to have a brain answer this. Why did the UK, France along with Arab support) go into Libya? Also the USA had next to NOTHING to do with the Libya conflict (Thankfully !)

Because Gadaffi was setting up (or helping to setup) Africas own central bank, that would have been based on the gold standard. the Arab support is **** as well, it was select Arab support and Gadaffi was moving away from Arab ties anyway. He had banned sharia law a long time ago and was ****ing off many people (in powerfull positions in the region) with his policies of giving the profits of the countries massive oil supplies back to the people in terms of free health care, free schooling, cheap electricity, free housing, the great man made canal to bring water to the north and allow agriculture (which NATO bombed on DAY ONE - then bombed the factory that makes the parts for it).

Read about this in more depth and you'll see that while being a dictator, he was not a bad guy in general (you have to take into account the enviroment he and Libya is in, its full of warlords and tribes and all sorts of chaos).

Libya is now in chaos, the tribes are in full on war with each other and millions are dying - you wont hear this on the news though, research what you talk about before you talk about it.

duddit2 said,

Because Gadaffi was setting up (or helping to setup) Africas own central bank, that would have been based on the gold standard. the Arab support is **** as well, it was select Arab support and Gadaffi was moving away from Arab ties anyway. He had banned sharia law a long time ago and was ****ing off many people (in powerfull positions in the region) with his policies of giving the profits of the countries massive oil supplies back to the people in terms of free health care, free schooling, cheap electricity, free housing, the great man made canal to bring water to the north and allow agriculture (which NATO bombed on DAY ONE - then bombed the factory that makes the parts for it).

Read about this in more depth and you'll see that while being a dictator, he was not a bad guy in general (you have to take into account the enviroment he and Libya is in, its full of warlords and tribes and all sorts of chaos).

Libya is now in chaos, the tribes are in full on war with each other and millions are dying - you wont hear this on the news though, research what you talk about before you talk about it.

THIS +1

This was all about Libya trying to the change the game by using african gold. The US didnt do it for any humanitarian reasons thats for sure..greedy *****