May 24th, 2010
05:21 AM ET

Iran: Jailed Americans could be freed in prisoner swap

Iran's intelligence minister said Sunday that three Americans arrested there in July are spies, but hinted the country may consider releasing them in exchange for the release of Irani prisoners, state media reported.

"We expect the Americans, who claim to be advocates of human rights, to also commit humanitarian acts, because only after this can we decide on whether or not to have a swap," Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi said, according to the IRNA news agency.

Speaking on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting, Moslehi said there had been no official talks about a swap, Iranian state television reported.

"It is clear that the three Americans are spies," he said, according to a report on Iranian state TV's website.

Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, 31, and Josh Fattal, 27, were detained in July. Their families say the three accidentally strayed across an unmarked border while on a hiking trip in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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  1. terry b

    wish our country would lock people up when they cross the border. but then deport them

    June 24, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Scott L

    I remember from school,and reading things over the years how america came to be dominated by white europeans who just showed up,and took over. Its like my late father said... "Native Americans at the time had a p*ss poor imigration policy"

    June 24, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Joe

    There you go. This is what it has ALWAYS been about. The reason why they go all out to capture these 3 'lost' hikers.

    June 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. BabyYankee

    Hello McFly!!! Jewish people should not be going hiking in countries they are enemies with!!! of course these guys has a good reason to go there they were looking for Elvis!! they saw an article in a news paper that said Ahmadinejad is really Elvis. Little did they know that in reality Bin Ladin is Elvis!!! that is why we can't find the Motherf#&$$! another article said that they were captured in Vegas by a UFO and dropped off in Iran! by the way the correct name of the president of Iran is: "Mahmood I am a dinner Jacket" kind of like Dances with wolves.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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