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    TEHRAN – The two American hikers jailed as spies in Iran were released Wednesday on bail into the custody of the Omani envoy in Tehran, Fox News reported.



    Their release was granted for Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal after a court approved a $1 million bail-for-freedom deal that cleared the way for the release.

    "The case is over," Masoud Shafiei, the Iranian attorney for the two, said. "The court has ordered that they be freed on bail."

    Shafiei could not independently confirm the men were released.

    They were arrested along the Iran-Iraq border in July 2009 and sentenced last month to eight years each in prison. A third American in the group, Sarah Shourd, was freed last year on bail.

    Shafiei said he would meet the two Americans at 3:00 p.m. at Tehran's notorious Evin prison.

    They will then be handed over to the Swiss diplomats who represent American interests in Iran because the U.S. has no diplomatic relations with Iran.

    "Now we can say they are finally free," the lawyer told The Associated Press. "They can go to the U.S. the way (their friend) Sarah did."

    The case of Bauer and Fattal, who were convicted of spying for the United States, has deepened the mistrust between Washington and Tehran.

    Shafiei said the bail of $500,000 for each of the men was posted after some last-minute problems in the bank were resolved. He did not say what the source of the money was.

    "There is no obstacle to their freedom now," the lawyer said. "It's only a matter of time before they are out of jail."

    The release of the pair will likely follow the pattern of that of Shourd, who was set free last September after a $500,000 bails was posted. She was then flown on a private plane to the Omani capital, Muscat.

    Last week, Oman dispatched a plane belonging to the Gulf country's ruler to fetch the two Americans if the freedom-for-bail was reached.

    Omani officials declined to comment on the ongoing proceedings for the Americans' release. They only said the private plane, sent from Muscat to the Iranian capital last Wednesday, was still in Tehran.

    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

    The three Americans -- friends from their days at the University of California at Berkeley -- have maintained their innocence and denied the espionage charges against them.

    Their families say they were just hiking in northern Iraq's scenic and relatively peaceful Kurdish region when they may have accidentally strayed over the unmarked border with Iran.

    Since her release last year, Shourd has lived in Oakland, California. Bauer, a freelance journalist, grew up in Onamia, Minnesota, and Fattal, an environmental activist, is from suburban Philadelphia.

    Bauer proposed marriage to Shourd while in prison.
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    A friend came to town - Berkeley - last year and we went out for lunch.
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    I'll believe this when I see them on US soil, or at least far away from Iran.
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    Does anyone really believe they were "hiking" in Iraq and accidentally crossed the border?
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    I'm on the fence with that. Almost sounds like one of those if you are captured we will deny all involvement scenarios. "They were just hiking in northern Iraq's scenic and relatively peaceful Kurdish region". Sounds wonderful... perhaps we should get a group together from the links to take this hike. By the time we are all released from prison the new VH album may have been released. Once they are all back on US soil I'm sure the three of them will make the rounds of 20/20 and all of the other shows. Perhaps then we'll hear more about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Does anyone really believe they were "hiking" in Iraq and accidentally crossed the border?
    I don't know enough about any of them to suspect otherwise, but yeah...the idea of taking a stroll anywhere in the Middle East sounds butt-fucking bonkers.

    Hell, I don't even hike in fucking whiteyville Brea. There's mountain lions out there and they aren't even carrying AK's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LLFHS View Post
    I don't know enough about any of them to suspect otherwise, but yeah...the idea of taking a stroll anywhere in the Middle East sounds butt-fucking bonkers.

    Hell, I don't even hike in fucking whiteyville Brea. There's mountain lions out there and they aren't even carrying AK's.
    Nah -- is entirely likely they were really just hiking. These guys are activists and former student buddies at the University of California at Berkeley. Like these people decided to then sign up after graduation from there to be military spies. Ahhh...right...sure.

    The naiveté of people like that is well established. Yeah, lets hike all hippie-trippy in Iraq and stuff. Hang out with the Kurds. Peace and love. We hate Bush, that mind-set will keep us safe. Reminds me of the fools that went to be human shields for Saddam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duck View Post
    Nah -- is entirely likely they were really just hiking. These guys are activists and former student buddies at the University of California at Berkeley. Like these people decided to then sign up after graduation from there to be military spies. Ahhh...right...sure.

    The naiveté of people like that is well established. Yeah, lets hike all hippie-trippy in Iraq and stuff. Hang out with the Kurds. Peace and love. We hate Bush, that mind-set will keep us safe. Reminds me of the fools that went to be human shields for Saddam.
    That would be like Ira Rothenbergstein going to visit Spandauer Zitadelle in 1942.

    I just find it hard to believe any American with an IQ over 80 would go anywhere near Iran.
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    You should here what the asshole said to the UN today. The US delegation walked out.....hes Hitler Jr. Someone please post a thread on it.
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    Perhaps if he were to go hiking in Central Park while he's in NYC we should snatch him up and hold him in custody for a year or two. Then release him on $500K bail...

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    Quote Originally Posted by donkost View Post
    Perhaps if he were to go hiking in Central Park while he's in NYC we should snatch him up and hold him in custody for a year or two. Then release him on $500K bail...

    Dude, I shit you not - I was thinking something similar tonight while seeing the story on the news. The cocksucker's on US soil.....let's take the fucker hostage. Would blow Iran's mind! LOL!!
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    There was a rumor (perhaps more than a rumor) that he was one of the Iranian students who took part in the US Embassy takeover back in '79. I recall that one of the US hostages thought that he recognized him after he became president of Iran. So I think it would be more symbolic if we held him for 444 days just like the American hostages were held back then. I say we have nothing else to lose in the eyes of the world, so international protocols be damned, let's do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donkost View Post
    There was a rumor (perhaps more than a rumor) that he was one of the Iranian students who took part in the US Embassy takeover back in '79. I recall that one of the US hostages thought that he recognized him after he became president of Iran. So I think it would be more symbolic if we held him for 444 days just like the American hostages were held back then. I say we have nothing else to lose in the eyes of the world, so international protocols be damned, let's do it.
    I remember hearing that story too. Would be very interesting indeed if it turned out to be him. I'd imagine his shit-stirring UN speeches would come to an end pretty quick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    That would be like Ira Rothenbergstein going to visit Spandauer Zitadelle in 1942.

    I just find it hard to believe any American with an IQ over 80 would go anywhere near Iran.
    you probably just answered the question. These people don't likely crack 80. Hell, when i was done school I went to Vegas for a few days. I don't think the Iran/Iraq border was on my list of alternates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donkost View Post
    There was a rumor (perhaps more than a rumor) that he was one of the Iranian students who took part in the US Embassy takeover back in '79. I recall that one of the US hostages thought that he recognized him after he became president of Iran.
    I always thought that it was pretty obvious..

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