Iran Secretly Decides The Fate Of The WAPO Reporter They’re Holding Hostage

Do you think Obama is wrong to leave this American to die in Iran?

One of the most persistent criticisms made of the Obama Iran deal is that, for all the generosity shown to the Islamic Republic for its rather dubious promises to refrain from building nuclear weapons, the Obama administration wasn’t able to secure the release of four Americans held in rather dubious circumstances.

One of those Americans is a reporter for the Washington Post named Jason Rezaian, whom the Iranians ridiculously accuse of espionage. Not only is Rezaian’s release not apparently forthcoming, the Iranians appear to be raising the stakes with respect to his captivity…

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who has been detained for more than a year on charges including espionage, has been convicted, a spokesman for the Iranian judiciary said Sunday.

Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi told state TV Sunday night, “He has been convicted, but I don’t have the verdict’s details.”

According to The New York Times, the verdict was announced via the Iranian news site,Tabnak.

The ruling is “not final” and could be open to appeal, noted Washington Post editor Marty Baron.

Rezaian’s attorney, Leila Ahsan, told The New York Times that she had not received the verdict, nor had his family.

Ahsan would have 20 days to appeal the verdict once it’s issued, but she seemed frustrated that she couldn’t see it and get the process started.

“Now I do not know what I am appealing against,” she told theTimes.

Baron, who previously called the trial “a tragic charade,” issued a frustrated statement about the “vague and puzzling” news.

“Jason is a victim — arrested without cause, held for months in isolation, without access to a lawyer, subjected to physical mistreatment and psychological abuse, and now convicted without basis,” Baron wrote on Sunday. “The only thing that has ever been clear about this case is Jason’s innocence.”

Rezaian has been the subject of a hashtag, #FreeJason, from colleagues and press advocates upset at the length of his imprisonment in Iran.

Obviously, hashtags won’t free Rezaian. Only leverage against the Iranian government will do that. It’s interesting that the Obama administration isn’t willing to apply any to his situation.

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