Shahram Amiri, an Iranian nuclear scientist who disappeared a year ago, is back in Iran, claiming to have been kidnapped by the CIA. Really, Amiri? Nice clothes, dude. Getting a degree in Arizona, I hear. The CIA claims he defected.
Where have I heard this story before? The Soviet Union. They used to send us "defectors" who were in reality, disinformation specialists. They were there to give us nice sounding secrets that were total fabrications by the then KGB. After the dissolution of the USSR, the KGB split into the Federal Security Service as well as the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation.
I think, maybe, someone in Iran, read a book on espionage, a the word so similar to the word, intrigue. All of which, originated in the Middle East thousands of years ago.
Possible? Oh, I think so.