Iran Frees US Prisoners
Iran has released Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and three other Iranian-American prisoners as it anticipates the lifting of international sanctions.
Rezaian, 39, was convicted of espionage in Iran last year.
Iranian state TV named the other three as Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati and and Nosratollah Khosravi.
Iran said they were being swapped for seven Iranians held in US prisons but there was no immediate US confirmation.
The other three freed on Saturday were: Saeed Abedini, 35, a Christian pastor who had been imprisoned since July 2012 for organising churches in people’s houses; Amir Hekmati, 32, a former Marine who spent more than four years in prison on spying charges following his arrest in August 2011 during a visit to see his grandmother. The detention of Khosrawi had not been previously released.
Recognizing that I am being more snarky on a Saturday morning than analytical: it is as if having lines of communication between the two states is more efficacious than having none (although one can rightfully ask if true snark can utilize words like “efficacious”).