American citizen Xiyue Wang, a PhD candidate at Princeton, went to Iran in 2016 to research history. He was arrested and accused of spying, and spent three years of a 10 year sentence in an Iran’s notorious Evin prison. Today, he is in Landstuhl, Germany being examined by doctors in preparation for his homecoming. The American citizen has been freed in exchange for an Iranian scientist named Massoud Soleimani. (Fox)
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“After more than three years of being held prisoner in Iran, Xiyue Wang is returning to the United States. The highest priority of the United States is the safety and well-being of its citizens. Freeing Americans held captive is of vital importance to my Administration, and we will continue to work hard to bring home all our citizens wrongfully held captive overseas.” White House Statement
Brian Hook, the US Special Representative for Iran, accompanied the Iranian scientist to Zurich, Switzerland, where the exchange took place. He then returned to Germany with Wang. The American prisoner released will be in Germany to be evaluated for his health, then will fly home to the US.
Wang’s wife, Hua Qu, described him as a “history nerd.” He went
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