Thursday, August 18, 2016

U.S. cash to Iran was dependent on Americans being freed

By Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee, MarketWatch

WASHINGTON — New details of the $400 million U.S. payment to Iran earlier this year depict a tightly scripted exchange specifically timed to the release of several American prisoners held in Iran, based on accounts from U.S. officials and others briefed on the operation.

U.S. officials wouldn’t let Iranians take control of the money until a Swiss Air Force plane carrying three freed Americans departed from Tehran on Jan. 17, the officials said. Once that happened, an Iranian cargo plane was allowed to bring the cash back from a Geneva airport that day, according to the accounts.

Commentary by: Lynn Cheramie, Founder, Freedom Fighters of America

So it was a ransom!


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