Jason Rezaian, US journalist freed from Iran, just wants to see 'The Force Awakens'
Not even 544 days in an Iranian prison can fully remove one's appetite for the Force.
Jason Rezaian has been holed up at a U.S. Air Force base in southwestern Germany, where he has been undergoing a series of medical tests and reuniting with family.
He made a brief appearance there on Wednesday, waving to the assembled media and marking the first time he has been seen in public since his release from Iran.
Rezaian also issued a statement to the Post, published on its public relations blog, thanking those who had helped him leave Iran and reflecting on the extraordinary circumstances. He also revealed that a Star Wars viewing was near the top of his to-do list.
I want everyone to know that I'm feeling fine, and I feel lucky to be here at a place where I can get such terrific care. I appreciate everything that has been done on my behalf, and I want particularly to thank the Swiss Foreign Ministry, the Swiss Air Force and the fine doctors here at Landstuhl. I'm staying with my family at a very comfortable guest house on the base, which has been a great place to begin my recovery.
I've spent a lot of my life writing about the United States and Iran, and I never imagined – and never wanted – to become a part of the story, particularly at such an extraordinary moment. I want to get back to writing the U.S.-Iran story at some point in the future. But I won't be saying anything further for awhile. I hope everyone will respect my need for privacy as I take some time for myself and for my family. For now, I want to catch up with what's been going on in the world, watch a Warriors game or two, and see the Star Wars movie.
Washington Post editors previously said that Rezaian "was in good spirits" and feeling "a hell of a lot better than [he] was 48 hours ago." He told them he had "found escape in the fiction he was allowed to read" and had spent the better part of a plane ride to Germany catching up on the news using his mother's iPad.
Rezaian was freed with four other Iranian-Americans in exchange for nine Iranians and Iranian-Americans held in the U.S. for sanctions-related offenses. It was announced the same day that a major nuclear deal with Iran was finally implemented, leaving most to assume the swap was directly related.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been leading U.S. negotiations with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, said the prisoners' release wasn't directly tied to the deal, but rather was more of a result of the diplomatic channels that had been opened between the two countries.
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