Three released Americans boarded a Swiss flight out of Iran. They are Jason Regaian, Amir Hekmati and Sadeed Abedini. It is great to see them released and returning to their families.
But we were told that four Americans had been released as a result of the prisoner swaps.
Mr. Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari is one of the Americans released by Iranian officials. The news media is going nuts because they don’t know anything about him. I mean nothing! Most likely the US State Department knows a lot, but unless Mr. Khosravi-Roodsari wants his bio to be shared with the public, there is no need to provide any information. Good- because everyone has a right to privacy. And good because it shows that sometimes, private information known by government officials can remain secret.
All we know is that he is a business man, according to one source. He is being called the ghost prisoner. He is easily identified when they show photos, his square is blank. His arrest came to light as a result of Iranian officials, and not his family. So Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari will remain a mystery man. Another “What in the world moment.”
A fifth released prisoner is Mathew Trevithick. His release was reported to be not part of the swap. He is leaving Iran, but not on the Swiss air flight, which I guess is just for the swapees (is there a word?).