A U.S. Navy veteran detained in Iran since 2018 was freed on Thursday and was on his way back home.

  • Michael White had been released from an Iranian prison in mid-March on medical furlough but was held in Iran under Swiss custody.
  • White’s release comes two days after the United States deported Sirous Asgari, an Iranian professor imprisoned in the United States despite being acquitted on charges of stealing trade secrets.
  • Both the U.S. State Department and Iranian officials have repeatedly denied that Asgari was part of a swap with White.
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