As we reported earlier, and the U.S. government has since confirmed, four American citizens being held in Iran have been released:
BREAKING: U.S. officials confirm to CNN that Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, and Nosratollah Khosrawi are being released today.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 16, 2016
The deal the Obama administration reportedly worked out includes the release of Iranians held by the U.S. government. More information about how many Iranian prisoners the U.S. will release is being reported:
#US officials confirm that Iran is releasing 4 American prisoners and the #US releasing 7 Iranians held for sanctions violations (Reuters)
— Sonia Dridi (@Sonia_Dridi) January 16, 2016
BREAKING: US official: US to pardon or drop charges against 7 Iranians in exchange for prisoner release.
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 16, 2016
Many questions and concerns are arising:
@AP Are the 7 Iranians we are pardoning innocent too?
— Succinct (@Succinct_1) January 16, 2016
@AP also the 7 were most likely actual spies
— Bruce Jack (@Notorious_PAG) January 16, 2016
@JoeNBC ++ Obama traded money and prisoners for hostages.https://t.co/8tAyvL9LV4
— Brian (@xtriadx) January 16, 2016
Hurray if our hostages in Iran come home
But another $$$ & terrorists deal?
How many enemies will Obama free?
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) January 16, 2016
@AP @tracieeeeee 7 for 4? Who the hell is doing the math? MickeyFrickinMouse??
— Michael Murdock (@docmurdock) January 16, 2016
That would be #CommonCore math @docmurdock @AP
— HETEROSEXUAL WOMAN ™ (@tracieeeeee) January 16, 2016
@AP 7 for 4? Why do we always give back more than we receive?
— Brady & Jasper (@LindaLindae9) January 16, 2016
@AP is it just me or does this whole prisoner story feel coordinated and pre-planned? Something about it is just not right.
— Matthew Wohlert (@mpwohlert) January 16, 2016
@AP Is Bergdahl doing our negotiations?
— Jon Greene (@jgreene100) January 16, 2016
@AP An hour ago it was 6 Iranian prisoners. Now 7?! What will it be by next week?
— Liberty (@LibertyBelleIII) January 16, 2016
US agrees to drop 14 Iranian nationals from @Interpol watch list, said US officials. #IranDeal
— Jay Solomon (@WSJSolomon) January 16, 2016
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