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Iran Offers to Free U.S. Hiker for a Cool $500,000

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Posted on Sep 12, 2010
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Sarah Shourd is said to be seriously ill in captivity in Iran.

Three U.S. hikers were detained by Iranian authorities more than a year ago, adding to already simmering tensions between the Islamic republic and the U.S. Now Tehran says it is ready to free the female member of the captive trio if a $500,000 bail is paid.  —JCL

The BBC:

Iranian authorities are ready to release one of the three US hikers detained last year, state media has reported.

Tehran chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi said Sarah Shourd, 32, would be freed when $500,000 (£325,000) bail was paid, and could leave the country.

A senior White House official described the Iranian statement as “hopeful”.

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By NYCartist, September 13, 2010 at 6:37 am Link to this comment

Mmmmmmm, what was Lynne Stewart’s bail while she was awaiting “resentencing”?  See http://www.lynnestewart.org

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By Markus, September 13, 2010 at 5:06 am Link to this comment
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The United States has arbitrarily frozen Iranian bank accounts in the US that are worth billions of dollars of Iranian money, including massive amounts of money Iran paid for US arms that the US never delivered to Tehran.

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By par4, September 13, 2010 at 4:46 am Link to this comment
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These ‘hikers’ should have tried the Appalachian Trail
like Governor ‘Sparky’ from South Carolina. Not one tax
payer penny should be spent on these idiots.

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By wildflower, September 13, 2010 at 4:05 am Link to this comment

Re Lockweed: People from western countries don’t go “hiking”, crossing the border from Iraq into Iran . . . Iran will gain nothing by releasing this spy.”

And what kind of useful spy information are you proposing that these three bad western spies could gain from their wilderness hike, Lockweed?

No, it’s rather obvious these three people are simply innocent idealists whose naiveté will be exploited to the fullest by political radicals on both sides.

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By expat in germany, September 13, 2010 at 2:22 am Link to this comment
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Isn’t some haggling in order here?

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By Lockweed, September 12, 2010 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment
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People from western countries don’t go “hiking”, crossing the border from Iraq
into Iran - especially during a war.  If three Iranians illegally crossed the border
from Canada into the USA, do you think these people would be released?  No,
of course not.  This same question was posed to the Presidents Press Secretary
who of course avoided answering the question and began talking about
something else, attempting to twist the conversation to the USA’s favor.

Iran will gain nothing by releasing this spy.  You can’t negotiate with a
militaristic colonial power like the USA.  They will continue to threaten Iran and
its people and aid the murderers of Palestinians and other Arabs whom the
Iranians have helped with aid.

Iran needs to ally itself with Russia, China and others who don’t seek to destroy
it for Israel and their lobbying groups such as AIPAC and the the anti-
defamation league, which all have such a powerful hold on American foreign
policy.

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By GrinningFool, September 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment
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Wow, 500,000! I bet they are hoping she doesn’t come back! Sounds like a hostage and ransom situation.

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By kerryrose, September 12, 2010 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment

Well, they’re not stupid.

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