Watch WaPo’s Jason Rezaian Make His First Public Appearance Since Release From Iran


Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has made major headlines this past week. After being released from Iran after eighteen months of imprisonment, today Rezaian made his first public appearance by stepping out from a hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, where he said that he couldn’t wait to return home.

The appearance with his family was very brief, and when asked what he wanted to do first upon his return, Rezaian only shrugged his shoulders before turning away.

Even so, Washington Post released Rezaian’s statement this morning, expressing thanks to the German and Swiss authorities who have been attending to him since his release.

“I want everyone to know that I’m feeling fine, and I feel lucky to be here at a place where I can get such terrific care. I appreciate everything that has been done on my behalf… I’ve spent a lot of my life writing about the United States and Iran, and I never imagined – and never wanted – to become a part of the story, particularly at such an extraordinary moment. I want to get back to writing the U.S.-Iran story at some point in the future. But I won’t be saying anything further for awhile. I hope everyone will respect my need for privacy as I take some time for myself and for my family. For now, I want to catch up with what’s been going on in the world, watch a Warriors game or two, and see the Star Wars movie.”

Amir Hekmati, Rezaian’s fellow prisoner, also made an appearance yesterday, where he expressed tremendous jubilation and appreciation for his release.

Watch above, via CNN

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