September 29th, 2011
02:30 PM ET

Chavez: I asked Ahmadinejad for hikers' release, at actor's behest

[Updated at 3:53 p.m. ET] Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday he called and sent a letter to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asking for the release of detained American hikers at the behest of actor Sean Penn.

Americans Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were released from an Iranian prison last week, after 781 days in captivity.

Chavez said he considers Penn a friend, and after the two spoke about the hikers, he agreed to add his voice directly with the Iranian president.

"If this call and message helped a little, I am glad. Even if it didn't," he said.

Fattal, Bauer and Bauer's now-fiancee, Sarah Shourd, were arrested in July 2009, with Iran saying they strayed across the unmarked border between Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran. Shourd was released in 2010.

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  1. ralk

    It is all BS! Penn is just a liberal goon and Chavez is in the hospital right now...I hope he croaks.

    September 29, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • jersvette

      And you are a conservative extremist, wow name calling how adult. Chavez is full of BS and whether or not this has any truth behind it doesn't really matter. Iran is one of the most hypocritical regimes in the world and Hugo is aligned with them only because of the anti-American views they hold. This is all political posturing and carries no value to anyone.

      September 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      All class buddy.

      September 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • AndyBlue

      Childlike.... embarrassing.

      September 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flatsguide

      They should try Sean Penn as a traitor, and left those liberal moron hikers to rot in Iran.

      September 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tzckrl

      Wiaow, dood, dat's like, uh rilly cool.

      September 29, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hajalua

    Oh whatever. Chemo drugs must have him a little light headed. Or, it could be Penn's pot fog bank in his hospital room.

    September 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      hay, he has a medical card for that, lol (i dont really know, but wouldnt suprise me)

      September 30, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Momma

    I think Sean Penn should be included in the Axis of Evil

    September 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flatsguide

      He certainly is in the axis of stupidity.

      September 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tzckrl

      And you're in the axis of envy.

      September 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cheeseburger

    Typical insecurity of the emotionally twisted. All the whackos are trying to ride the "credit" wagon. Isn't Penn about two lines and a dime bag left of Charlie Sheen? Buddies, right?

    September 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      cheesebuger, um he didnt claim it, hugo did you f-wad

      September 30, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. John

    ya right! and the Easter Bunny called the Tooth Fairy to ask Mother Nature if I could win the lottery.

    September 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. the_dude

    Sean Penn's best two roles were as a drugged out surfer loser and a retard.

    September 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • wut

      Those were roles?

      September 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Charles

    All BS!

    September 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sean Penn: America's new Jane Fonda

    The next administration will do the USofA a much needed service, by removing this traitor's citizenship and sending him to his friend in venezuela. He has worked for years undermining the nation which made him rich.

    Had sean penn's nationality been reversed, he would have never known fame & fortune, never had freedom of speech, and would no longer be among the living, courtesy of his ally, hugo.

    sean penn, you've been given your freedom of speech and squandered it on hatred toward your own nation and people. It's time for you to leave the USA, and go where you can hate us in happiness, via an obscure, government-controlled media that we will never have to see.

    Just leave, sean. Go and become a citizen of venezuela.

    September 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • AndyBlue

      Such extremism. You've been given your freedoms too.... Just curious. Have you ever protested with a misspelled sign and teabags shoved down your pants?

      September 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NoTax

    True is , that neo-marxists and islamofashists front fight against good american people

    September 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • AndyBlue

      no..... its really not. Is Rush Limbaugh screaming that now?

      September 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fffff....

      I think the relevant connection between these two is that they are both brainless dictators ruling cruddy economies with wacko philosophies. There is no natural love between Marxist revolutionaries and Islamic extremists. Look at Iran's own history, the leftist revolution was hijacked by power on the far right. If I recall, this is the nature of most revolutions: naive hippies lay the groundwork and the power vacuum is filled by traditionalist nutjobs. Somehow I think that's where the Arab Spring is going...

      September 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AndyBlue

    Chaves kicked the Oil corporations who were screwing his country out. Which is what others should be doing. Then people were pushed to hate him by Fox news. Most people don't know why they hate him. Tell us why YOU hate Chaves. I am curious.

    September 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      "In May 2006, Chávez visited Europe in a private capacity, where he announced plans to supply cheap Venezuelan oil to poor working class communities in the continent. The leftist Mayor of London Ken Livingstone welcomed him, describing him as "the best news out of Latin America in many years".[199]" – wikipedia

      That's why Oil companies, Republicans and FOX hates him. Their excuse is..."Free and Cheap is another word for Socialism"

      September 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • MichaelF

      Lets see. He destroyed freedom of the press in his country and now all the media parrot his thoughts. He was elected and then declared himself President for as long as he likes and you better keep that to yourself or you will find yourself in jail. He is a dictator and a bully. Is that enough? The question I have for you is, why do you love him so much?

      September 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      @MichaelF...What you just described is what FOX News is to GOP and TEA party. Lies and Propaganda. What's the difference?

      September 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      THANKYOU. Most americans are to stupid to know WHY to hate, just that the repubs tell them to hate and they do, our gas would be a dollar a gallon if we nationalized it. Afterall, it is american oil, not the american GOVERNMENTS oil. It is Wt The People, not Us the Government.

      September 30, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. George

    SICK! even though i agree with you...but SICK!

    September 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin O.

    Ewww I thought Scarlet was with someone who is hung like a horse. Sean Penn is Madonna's old chew toy. Why is this news?

    September 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mammy

    I wouldn't cornhole him if you paid me.

    September 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • MichaelF

      Wouldn't count on that happening

      September 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sean Penn for venezuelan Prez

    job opening, soon.

    September 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • AndyBlue

      You actually created a screen name for this post? That's pathetic. Why don't you connect your face book and post like a real man with your real name. Do you keep getting banned?

      September 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Andy, I agree with the fact that his name is stupid, but putting "real man" and "fackbook" in the same sentence, thats not going to win you any iq point bub.

      September 30, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. Greenaxe

    This little piggy had roast beef......

    September 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
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