Clinton to Iran: Free Reporter

Secretary of State cites concerns over hunger-striking journalist's health
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2009 2:39 PM CDT
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, left, listen to a question during the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing in Washington, April 30, 2009.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton demanded that Iran release Roxana Saberi, the Iranian-American journalist held on accusations of spying, Reuters reports. “We have great concerns about Ms. Saberi’s health and well being,” Clinton said today, citing reports that Saberi is on hunger strike. The case raises questions about Iran’s legal system, Clinton said, as the country seemed “impervious” to human-rights concerns.

Speaking to a Senate committee, Clinton said it was hard—even as secretary of state—to get a straight answer out of Tehran: “They are going to let her out, they are going to let her out in two months. They are going to sentence her to 8 years, they are going to do an appeal. I think it shows you how difficult it is to deal with this government in Iran.”