Reuters is reporting that Nader Modanlo, an Iranian-American businessman who was convicted of taking a $10 million payment from Iran in exchange for his help in brokering a deal between Iran and Russia to launch a satellite, apparently gets to keep the cash as part of the prisoner swap deal:

According to Reuters, Modanlo refused the Obama administration’s first offer of clemency and had to “sweeten” the offer by offering to drop its claim on the cash:

Nader Modanlo was facing five more years in federal prison when he got an extraordinary offer: U.S. President Barack Obama was ready to commute his sentence as part of this month’s historic and then still-secret prisoner swap with Iran. He said no.

To sweeten the deal, the U.S. administration then dropped a claim against the Iran-born aerospace engineer for $10 million that a Maryland jury found he had taken as an illegal payment from Iran, according to interviews with Modanlo, lawyers involved and U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter.

The surrender of the U.S. claim, which has not previously been reported, could add to scrutiny of how the Obama administration clinched a prisoner deal that has drawn criticism from Republican presidential candidates and lawmakers.

“Art of the Deal” this was not:

And maybe we need to start paying attention to Iranian media sources to get the truth about what our government is doing?

Upon his release, Modanlo referred to himself as a political prisoner:

Yeah … a political prisoner with $10 million in his pocket, thanks to this bad deal.



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  • Janelle

    Actually you are in a rather sizable group. Anyone who bothered to do a small amount of research into his background at the start of his campaign discovered exactly what a horror he was and is.

  • Ferrari fan

    We’ll have to get them back from China first…

  • Ferrari fan

    Nope, George Lucas bought it.

  • OldmanRick

    It just keep getting better and better. Do we really want another Alinskyite to occupy the witless house? The brat has Valerie Jarrett pulling the strings. The Hildabeast will have Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin.

  • ArtBrecher

    Go check Wikipedia for a little something known as “Operation Preying Mantis”. The last Naval engagement between the U.S. and another country thus far. I was there.

  • Dale Lillie

    Man in jail negotiates his release by demanding $5 mil he was convicted of taking. I’m missing something. Iran must be good at negotiating.

  • jumper297

    Actually, he looks identical to them.

  • ChiTowndemrevenuestream

    think the same happened at Notre Dame or a request to do so

  • Comrade Wootpool

    OK people. Time for you to stop believing this is incompetence… This is DELIBERATE. I know it’s hard to believe but there it is.

  • NotaLemming

    No no nothing like that……….. Just the US Allegiance to radical Islam.

    • Doc Farmer✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

      I thought Obama did that YEARS ago…

    • Dumb Repub

      oh Grg
      you inbred cretin

    • Dumb Repub

      i bet you throw tantrums like a little girl