Our hostages versus their hostages

Theirs [1]:

  1. Jason Rezaian, Washington Post journalist convicted of identifying Iranian businesses importing nuclear-related material from the US
  2. U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati of Flint, Michigan, convicted of espionage
  3. Christian pastor Saeed Abedini of Boise, Idaho, convicted of preaching
  4. Former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in 2007 while working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence mission

So, 1 to 3 spooks and a preacher.

On our side, per Al Jazeera:

Hassan Qashqavi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister in charge of legal and consular affairs, was quoted by state-linked media as saying the U.S. holds 19 Iranians on “sanctions-related charges” and another 60 for “ordinary crimes.”  “The 19 prisoners in U.S. jails are innocent people under sanctions charges and we hope conditions for their freedom are realized soon,” Qashqavi said on Aug. 25, according to the semi-official Tasnim and Fars news agencies.

[1] http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/10/12/iran-washington-post-reporter-jason-rezaian-convicted.html


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