Iran releases 4 in exchange for 7

Iran Says U.S. Will Release 7 Men; Exchange For 4 Americans!

Background:

The U.S. plans to free seven Iranian citizens who were either serving time or awaiting trial for alleged sanctions violations in exchange for four Americans who were being held in Iran.

Iranian prisoners' stories:

Nader Modanlou- Was sentenced for 8 years in prison for illegally conspiring with information related to providing satellite services to Iran, in 2013. Which ended up helping Iran launch it's first satellite up into space.


Bahram Mechanic- Was arrested last April for allegedly sending electronic information from the American company that he was a part of, Smart Power Systems, and also another company he owned in Iran.


-Bahram's nephews, Tooraj Faridi and his associate Khosrow Afghahi were also arrested for providing equipment from Iran's nuclear agencies.

Why the story on the prisoner exchange was held from public til now?

Of the four Americans in question, three were known to be alive. Robert Levinson, the fourth man, was widely presumed to be dead. One of the four men was Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who had covered the Iran nuclear talks. Rezaian was being held on baseless charges of espionage in order to try to extract concessions from the Americans. Our source, Foster, was upset that the U.S. had failed to secure the Americans’ release as part of the nuclear deal, and it was his understanding that the talks had since collapsed. But as we reported out the tip, we discovered that the talks had never really stopped.

The four Americans Iran just released:

Iran freed four Americans as part of a prisoner release deal with the U.S. on Saturday. The men had been imprisoned in the country on trumped up charges, or in some cases no charges at all. The identities of three of the Americans were already known: Washington Post Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini. The imprisonment of Nosratollah Khosrawi-Roodsari, the fourth man released Saturday, had not been previously reported.