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. sergio

    Penn goes to Venezuela for his "goodies" and looking for a new script where he can be the "hero", he is a fake, he doesnt care what is going on down there, is a shame that he won those Oscars!
    Amongst Chavez best friends are, Kadafi, Husein, the Sirian one and SEAN PENN!!

    September 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chris

    sean penn is a classic liberal hypocrite.

    September 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sergio

    Penn goes to Venezuela looking for a new script where he can be the "hero", he is a fake, he doesnt care what is going on down there, is a shame that he won those Oscars!
    Amongst Chavez best friends are, Kadafi, Husein, the Sirian one and SEAN PENN!!

    September 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. eric calderone

    Not crazy about Chavez, but compared to his predecessors who were nothing but puppets of the wealthy, and kowtowed to America, he is a welcome change. The more I hear the plutocrats in Venezuela criticize him, the more I hear reactionaries in the U.S. malign him, the more I support him.

    September 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. edvhou812

    Chavez and Lady Gaga should get together. Sounds like both will say anything to become part of any story.

    September 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomict

      SEAN PENN? really? LMAO!!
      How 'bout PeeWee Herman! Yay!

      September 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 1RingyDingy

    Take all the credit Chavez.. I'm sure the $1million ransom had nothing to do with the hiker's release.

    September 29, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      Chavez likely suggested the ransom after he couldn't shake it from Penn since he's mostly just a washed-up B movie actor who doesn't have a million to spare.

      September 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Emile Mervin

    Sean Penn for President of Iran or Venezuela. Go where life is better for you. Get out of capitalism and democracy now before you become afflicted by opportunity to be famous or become wealthy.

    September 29, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • cmoore

      Too late for that!

      September 29, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • John H

      They're made for each other – 2 commie whack jobs with big mouths and no audience...

      September 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe Fattal

    Iran disappointed me. They send them back.

    September 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tzckrl

    What are meat curtains? Can you eat them? Is there a recommended sauce? Should they be open or closed? How low should they hang?

    September 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. snarks

    why does liberalism have to be such a disease? I am more intelligent than every liberal I have ever spoken too, and it shouldn't be that way. Let me find some match. There isn't one, for they are all pseudo intellectual neanderthals.

    September 29, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • LouieD

      If you consider yourself conservative, you must be like most of the ones I've met: you shout down anyone and every comment that you disagree with because your arguments don't have a leg to stand on, and then you pat yourself on the back and claim you're "more intelligent than any liberal."

      September 29, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arrogant Much?

      If you were intelligent you would know how to express your point without belittling others.

      September 29, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Good job hiding behind that political correctness shield, ARROGANT MUCH...

      September 29, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rags

      @: Mr/Mrs/Miss: Intelligence Supreme:
      Really? This sentence of yours says otherwise: "I am more intelligent than every liberal I have ever spoken too, and it shouldn't be that way."
      You figure out why.

      September 29, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. O.T.

    Liberal always love murdering thugs, so long as they aim their violence at business people. They used to fawn over Stalin, now Chavez.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Coriolis Effect

    snarks – I love those who claim they have superior intelligence, and then make gramatical errors in their rant.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jec

      lol....you don't understand the difference between knowledge and intelligence
      ....and that, is a wrap folks

      September 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. snarks

    learn to respond to a post, rather than making your own to respond. That is like somebody calling you and leaving a message, and you calling some random individual and leaving a message on their voice mail. evolve, for you, not for me.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Conan the Librarian

    Sean Penn should have offered to go to Iran in exchange for the release of those idiots – a couple of years in an Iranian prison should help Sean realize just what a flaming d-bag he is.
    He is an embarrassment to the rest of America – think he has a thing for Chavez

    September 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alex

    Well done to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Chavez for standing up to the corrupt, racist, declining American Empire.

    The time of American hegemony is ending- China will soon be the new world superpower, and the whole world will be better off for it. Down with America!

    September 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      Not sure if you were being serious or not, but I totally agree

      September 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Priori

      HA! Ha... ha. It's clear that you're being facetious, because nobody – even with an IQ in negative numbers – could actually believe anything you wrote.

      September 29, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
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