Smiling Saberi 'Happy' to Be Free
Father says she battled 'psychological pressure' in prison
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 12, 2009 6:56 AM CDT
US-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi talks with media in Tehran, Iran on Tuesday May 12, 2009.    (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)
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(Newser) – Journalist Roxana Saberi says she’s “very happy” to be free and reunited with her parents and today thanked those who helped win her freedom from an Iranian prison, the AP reports. One of her lawyers said her conviction was partially because she had visited Israel, illegal for Iranian citizens, and because she had a copy of a confidential Iranian government document about the Iraq war.

She obtained the document while working as a freelance Web translator for a powerful body connected to Iran's ruling clerics. She copied it out of “curiosity,” she told the appeal court Sunday, noting that she didn’t share it with US officials; the court reduced her charge from espionage to possessing confidential documents. Her father, meanwhile, told NPR she’d faced “no physical abuse” in prison but had battled with “psychological pressure” from confinement.