How US-Iran Prisoner Swap Drama Unfolded In Fits And Starts

January 17, 2016 5:21 AM

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How US-Iran Prisoner Swap Drama Unfolded In Fits And Starts

VIENNA/WASHINGTON: The first glimpse of a secretly negotiated US-Iran prisoner exchange came on Saturday in a flurry of early morning electronic filings in federal courts from New York to California as prosecutors dropped sanctions violations cases against more than half a dozen Iranians.

The low-key legal steps were followed by Iran's announcement via state media that it was freeing four Iranian-Americans, including Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini and Amir Hekmati, a former US Marine. Hours later, Secretary of State John Kerry said they ha...

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