September 9th, 2010
03:28 PM ET

Source: Iran to release U.S. hiker Sarah Shourd 'very soon'

Officials have said Sarah Shourd will be the one hiker released Saturday.

[Updated at 3:28 p.m.] Iran will be releasing Sarah Shourd "very soon", a spokesperson from the Iranian Mission to the United Nations tells CNN.

[Posted at 12:12 p.m.] Iran says it will release one of the three American hikers detained for more than a year on Saturday, a day after the conclusion of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, according to an official at the ministry of culture and Islamic guidance.

The source would not disclose which of the three -  Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd– would be released.

The three were detained July 31, 2009, after they allegedly strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while hiking in Iraq's Kurdistan region. Tehran has accused the three hikers of being spies, which they deny.

The official said one of Iran's vice presidents will be present when the hiker is released at 9 a.m. Saturday.

President Barack Obama has called for their release, saying "their unjust detention has nothing to do with the issues that continue to divide the United States and the international community from the Iranian government."

The hikers' mothers were allowed to visit them in May in Tehran. The mothers said that at the time, their children told them they had not been questioned for several months.

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  1. Brownstain

    Maybe the U.S. could reciprocate in some small way to try and improve the diplomatic stand-off.

    September 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • puhhleaseamericanmedia

      There's no common sense allowed in this forum! And I will not warn you again! Hello, common sense is not allowed on this forum. There should be a Facebook group meetup. For an Iraq / Iran boorder hike.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Regular guy

    So why did they choose to go "hiking" in Iraq near the Iran boarder??????? How about Lake Tahoe? Maybe that would have been a better choice.........

    September 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jennifer Dodd

    Of all the places in the world, ...whyyyy go hiking in Iraq, especially near the border????!! Makes absolutely no sense, to me.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Deej

    Whether or not their judgement was faulty with the hike, I will be glad when they are safe.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dustin

    I feel bad for these hikers even though they went hiking in an unstable place in the world. I'm not really opposed to Iran having nuclear power. What does worry me is Ackhmuhdinuhjahd (lol) having nuclear facilities. Can't we toss a cruise missile through his bedroom window and let the Iranian people take it from there? Seems much easier than the status quo leading to a conventional ground/air assault.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Logical person

    These kids finally learned the lesson they can not do what they want! No one owes them anything. Bad decision on their part hopefully they will learn a life long lesson. Then again they will want to go Afghanistan next...great hiking there too....both are combat zones. Maybe they should join the military and see the world!

    September 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. aaakkkkmed

    Were are they going hiking next time in yemen or maybe north korea.I hear its nice in sudan this time of year.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Charley

    Well, I think what they are starts with an "S" but it isn't spy......it's Stupid. Does "young and dumb" sound right? Anyway, hope they get back home. Rough lesson.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rod

    Considering during their hiking trip the United States was conducting a war INSIDE THE IRAQI BORDER I have no pain for their capture. Stop people deserve the harshest consequences.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. snowwhite

    How do you all know they were not spies? politics is so different behind the curtains. remember Regan's time, and the arm deals with Iran. who would have guessed America selling arms to Iran?

    September 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hoss

    None of the hikers had GPS. sounds fishy to me

    September 9, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nedas Friend

    Don't get your hopes too high. Iran LIES! NEDA NEDA NEDA NEDA NEDA!

    September 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pat

    Release her an let her hike in afganistan i here they have nice mountains an caves there

    September 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lance D.

    I personally do not believe its anybody's problem but their own.If these people were stupid enough to go hiking over there in the middle east, then it has now become their responsibility! Not my problem, have enough of my own.Deal with it! Or not...

    September 9, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lance D.

    Were all the trails closed in the U.S.? Oh that's right, it was,"Take a Hike in Hostile Territory Day". Stupid as stupid is!

    September 9, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
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