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US navy veteran, Michael White, detained in Iran is released after 2 years

Posted at 8:37 AM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 11:37:47-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to U.S. officials, Michael White, a navy veteran who was detained in Iran for a little under two years was finally released.

“The nightmare is over,” his mother said.

White was detained by Iranian authorities in 2018.

He was in Iran to meet a woman he had fallen in love with, but he was later detained after being convicted of insulting Iran's leader and posting private information online, a grievance that could result in heavy consequences, White was sentence to a decade in prison.

White's release was negotiated as part of an agreement involving an Iranian-American doctor, prosecuted by the Justice Department.

Following negotiations, White, is finally making his way home.