In a new twist concerning a U.S. payment of mixed-currency cash to Iran, one of the four freed hostages has spoken out, perhaps confirming speculation that the timing of their release was more than a coincidence. At the heart of the issue is the Obama administration, which stands by a statement claiming the cash payment was part of a decades-old settlement the U.S. owed Iran. According to the President, the payment had nothing to do with the release of hostages, which, if it were true, could signal the start of a highly dangerous precedent of paying ransom for American captives. American policy has long been “we don’t negotiate with terrorists,” but former hostage Saeed Abedeni’s recent statement concerning the actions of Iranians at the airfield is enough to question whether or not that is still our stance.
“I just remember the night at the airport sitting for hours and hours there, and I asked police, ‘Why are you not letting us go?’ ” Abedini said. “He said, ‘We are waiting for another plane so if that plane doesn’t come, we never let [you] go.’ ”
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