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A second clip, posted hours later, showed him declaring he is happy and living freely in the U.S.

In the third video, which was broadcast by Iranian state TV on June 29, a man claiming to be Mr. Amiri says: “I, Shahram Amiri, am a national of the Islamic Republic of Iran and a few minutes ago I succeeded in escaping U.S. security agents in Virginia.”

“Presently, I am producing this video in a safe place. I could be rearrested at any time,” the man says. He describes the second video as “a complete fabrication.”

“I am not free here and I am not permitted to contact my family. If something happens and I do not return home alive, the U.S. government will be responsible,” he says, urging Iran to press the U.S. for his release.

“I was not prepared to betray my country under any kind of threats or bribery by the U.S. government,” he adds.

Mr. Amiri’s presence in Washington has added a twist to his tale.

Iranian state radio reported that Mr. Amiri said in a telephone interview from Washington that the U.S. government wanted to quietly return him to Iran to “cover up this abduction.”

“After my comments were released on the Internet, the Americans realized that they were the losers of this game,” he was quoted as saying.

A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject, said that “Amiri’s actions — his multiple videos and now his trip to the Iranian interests section — clearly prove he was not held in the United States against his will.”

“He came to this country freely, he lived here freely, and he has chosen freely to return to Iran. The United States, to be sure, isn’t standing in his way,” the official said. “He himself gives the lie to the idea he was tortured or imprisoned. He can tell any story he wants, but that won’t make it true.”

Kenneth Katzman, a specialist in Middle Eastern affairs for the Congressional Research Service, said he thinks the Iranian regime put significant pressure on Mr. Amiri’s family, which prompted him to rethink his defection.

“In order to relieve that pressure on his family, he began giving media interviews to the effect that he was maybe kidnapped or taken against his will, and debunking the story that he defected,” Mr. Katzman said.

Iran on Tuesday interpreted Mr. Amiri’s arrival at its office in Washington as a victory over the U.S.

The semiofficial Fars News Agency said Mr. Amiri’s plans to return to Iran were a “defeat for the Americans in their intelligence-security actions against Iran.”

“With intelligence and media activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the U.S. government had to retreat and handed Amiri over to the Interest Section Office of Iran in Washington,” the news agency said.

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