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Well new developments concerning an American reporter in Iran just sentenced to eight years in prison.
For spying okay so this is an American citizen who's now going to jail in Iran for eight years because they say she was -- spy she says she was a journalist.
Now just this morning that country's chief judge has ordered a full investigation.
Into the case of -- -- -- a very.
The move coming just a day after Iran's president.
Said this a very should be allowed to offer a full defense during her trial her father has come out said the trial with the fox -- -- behind closed doors -- basically these people in cahoots who decided she was biting you didn't give her chance to defend herself.
-- President Obama has commented on it secretary of state Hillary Clinton is involved what is really going on here.
Is this young woman a political pawn in a dangerous game -- Mikey actually be spying for the United States government.
Joining me now is that the author of the devil we know and former CIA operative -- more than twenty years Bob Baer Bob good morning to you.
Making good morning he's my -- via Skype as you can see our fancy technology that we and other -- Bob this is this case is unbelievable first got arrested by a -- authorities -- said that she had.
Bought liquor which is illegal over there then they said that she didn't have.
Up to date press credentials.
Then suddenly they they turned it into -- -- case and said she confessed and now this American citizen is facing eight years in prison.
In -- Iran -- jail what is going on.
She's been Qaeda and a power struggle because you've got elections coming up in June.
In the hard liners want to prove they're -- control of the country -- in Iran.
They are leading edge artists up for elections to eat normally represents our miners but in this case.
We had the judiciary which is fairly independent.
The interesting thing is Khamenei the supreme leader -- in control of the judiciary and ask us anything so far.
But I think what we're gonna see is plus this is resolved should probably be let lose it's -- -- say let.
I think that's the -- yet.
Really -- President Obama has said he's deeply concerned for her safety he hasn't -- a lot more than that.
And and a one top ranking official in Iran is urging President Obama to be quiet about it not to say anything more about it.
Saying listen you don't know our laws that you didn't see the child you know you not anybody to comment on this.
Could this could this go above these judges and this legal system in Iran and be taking care of diplomatically behind the scenes.
By people who are trying to improve Iran US relations.
Well not just an improved relations but she began quietly we should send you the Swiss represent us and came on which gardens and listen this is unacceptable -- not just buying you know it.
She's got -- we're gonna improve relations at all and where the have to get this girl allow us.
-- getting caught up in Iranian politics like this is gonna help in -- night.
I think he admitted to comment Randy you know he's very very tough group -- small -- National security hardliners.
-- purposes this in -- baseball entirely under her hands.
Mandated into their hands.
We're going to be -- she's in the trial how how.
We get to the point from -- -- finest American journalist cure for the BBC she worked for NPR she and you work for Fox News he's she's got a lot of legitimate journalistic work there's no question that she has reporter credentials although hers were expired.
In Iran when they -- how does it go from.
A you -- alcohol illegally beat you your -- -- press credentials were expired which they were according dollar report they work.
To know let's transform this into an espionage case so we can throw this woman.
-- uses the courts so there's no rule a lot of courts don't work well there it is simply turn this into an espionage case macro political platform.
-- people in the judiciary.
Who -- -- who would support one candidate over selections.
It's very easy to do -- ran -- beating the hell that irks her credentials that expire.
Right and that's a that's a real known known any journalist to who has -- work in Iran knows that's something we've got.
I was and I and I went right down this cute information and got my credentials count them at all times and left the country the end of -- days.
Now about let me ask you something as somebody who has had press credentials and around somebody who has worked for the CIA -- twenty years Ben espy yourself.
Is there any chance this woman is this.
No not at all it's as she does not fit the criteria.
It is deep down they have an ex journalist reported over the Internet.
The CIA he's not supply and I Biedrins should know that they probably -- know it.
But she was just convenient seek -- American -- -- in and out ran all the time they're not touch.
We're cheating a dual national isn't easy -- Right she's -- -- -- parents issue a dual citizenship and those parents are just outraged over what is happening hopefully hopefully they will take another look at it they say their own internal investigations going to.
Take place in the same -- her appeal which is starting now.
Is taking place so hopefully this woman gets out of this -- running in prison some time soon that's what that that's what the White House wants -- most Americans want Bob -- So it -- talking to you thanks so much.
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