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Ahmadinejad Says US Hikers Will Be Freed in Two Days

Wonderful, stupendous, long-overdue news if true.

TEHRAN — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told NBC News Tuesday that two Americans given eight-year prison sentences for spying and entering the country illegally will be released “in two days”.

Ahmadinejad made the remark about Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal in a one-on-one interview with Ann Curry that is due to be broadcast on NBC’s TODAY on Tuesday morning.

Corroboration from the Washington Post:

TEHRAN — Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he intends to grant a “unilateral pardon” to two Americans who have been jailed on charges of espionage for two years and release them this week.

“I am helping to arrange for their release in a couple of days so they will be able to return home,” Ahmadinejad tolD The Washington Post in an hour-long interview at his office here. “This is of course going to be a unilateral humanitarian gesture.”

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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