Iran Frees Imprisoned American Hikers

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Detained US hikers Shane Bauer (2nd-L), Sarah Shourd (C-L) and Josh Fattal (2nd-R) sit with their mothers during their first meeting since their arrest, in the Iranian capital Tehran on May 20, 2010. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty)

The State Department has confirmed that two Americans who have been imprisoned in Iran have been released. Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal were captured by the Iranian government while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border and charged with espionage two years ago. The fate of the two men has been unclear since last week when, a day after President Mahmoud Amadinedjad told The Today Show that the hikers would be freed, Iran's judiciary said Ahmadinejad had no authority to release them. The men were released on $1 million bail.

Thomas Erdbrink, Tehran bureau chief of The Washington Post, reports live from the prison where the men are being held. Nicolas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times, interviewed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and previews their conversation.


Thomas Erdbrink

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