Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he'll release Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, magnanimous bastard, says he'll release the two Americans.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the slithering president of Iran, has made a promise to America -- and one of its most devoted mothers.

Ahmaedinejad told the Washington Post he'll release Minnesota native Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, the two 29-year-olds who were sentenced last month to eight years in an Iranian prison for "spying."

According to their versions, Bauer, a freelance journalist and photographer, was just trying to get to Iraqi Kurdistan, and Fattal was just along for the ride. The always-paranoid Iranian authorities detained, prosecuted, and convicted the two men, along the way charging Bauer's girlfriend, Sara Shourd, in absentia, also for "spying."

In an exclusive interview with the Washington Post, Ahmadinejad wouldn't give up the farcical "spying" allegations, but did say he'd be sending Bauer and Fattal home as a "unilateral humanitarian gesture."

Hey, whatever you've gotta say, man. Just send those guys home.

Bauer and Fattal have already spent two years in detention in Iran, after the two of them, along with Shourd, were picked up hiking somewhere near the Iranian border in 2009. Minnesota's U.S. Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar had tried pressuring Iranian authorities to release the innocent men, but had been forced to do so through Swiss diplomats because the U.S. has no official relations with Iran.

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Shane Bauer, Minnesota native and freelance journalist, might be on his way home from Iran.
Shourd was eventually released, and allowed to return home to visit her family after posting a $500,000 bail. Shourd never returned to face Iranian "justice," and last month Iranian state television reported that the case against Shourd is not closed. Bauer's mother, Cindy Hickey, went on a hunger strike in May, trying to gain attention and win her son's release, but to no avail.

After a weird, tilted trial, Bauer and Fattal were sentenced to eight years in Evin Prison, a permanent residence for Iranian political prisoners, and also one of the most notoriously violent slammers in that country.

Ahmadinejad's full statements to the Washington Post indicate he still thinks he's talking about a couple of American double agents.

"I am helping to arrange for their release in a couple of days so they will be able to return home," Ahmadinejad said. "This is of course going to be a unilateral humanitarian gesture."

Right: We're supposed to think what a magnanimous, forgiving leader Ahmadinejad is for sending back these two threatening Americans, when in fact he's releasing two people who were convicted in one of the least fair courts in the world. Ahmadinejad went on to refer to Bauer and Fattal's release as a "unilateral pardon," again spinning himself as the good guy.

Bauer and Fattal's lawyer Massoud Shaffi said he had heard from court officials that the two of them would each need to post a $500,000 bond -- matching the amount Shourd paid to return home -- in order to be freed. What price freedom? That price. Sounds like Iran's oil money might be all spent up, and they're willing to turn "spies" into hostages for the right amount.

If someone, like say, the U.S. Treasury, can come up with $1 million, these two guys can probably be sleeping in their own beds by next week.

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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

"According to their versions, Bauer, a freelance journalist and photographer"

For TWO YEARS these people were classified as "incident hikers, who accidentally wondered across the border of Iraq into Iran" by the media.

How many more lies will the media perpetuate?What the hell was the purpose of this lie?

From the beginning, I told people, the truth not be told here.

JM
JM

Why do you think it's the media that is lying? Seems to me it could be the boys lying to everyone about what their true intentions were. And what would be the purpose? So they could get out of Iranian jail, duh. 

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

As soon as I saw this 2 years ago, I thought; who in the hell would travel to Iraq to go hiking?  So I looked a little further and found the U.S Dept. of State was authorizing NO TRAVEL VISAS to Iraq at that time.  So I thought, how did they get there?So either ALL the media is dumb, or they had their hands tied preventing them from doing ANY objective research or reporting. If you navigate to the U.S Dept. of State site today, you will find -Iraq April 12, 2011 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks inherent in travel to Iraq and recommends against all but essential travel to the country given the dangerous security situation.

Oh look at this which was JUST posted as I was typing

Iraq September 13, 2011The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq given the dangerous security situation. Civilian air and road travel within Iraq remains dangerous. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated April 12, 2011, to update information and to remind U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns for U.S. citizens in Iraq, including kidnapping and terrorist violence.

You may remember, how ALL the democrats campaigning for president said Iraq was a VERY dangerous place for our solders and it was some kind of crime for the Bush administration to have our solders there putting them in grave danger.  Well our solders have guns, and these fool had nothing but granola bars and tents. (according to the media)Did no one with a voice or a soapbox, use ANY common sense?

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