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Plight of a Captor Turned Captive

Barry Rosen, Executive Director of External Affairs at Teachers College, who was the last US press attache in Iran, requested that the Iranian government free his captor Abbas Abdi, who is now a leading figure in the reformist movement in Iran in a recent Op-Ed.

Plight of a Captor Turned Captive

Barry Rosen, Executive Director of External Affairs at Teachers College, who was the last US press attache in Iran, requested that the Iranian government free his captor Abbas Abdi, who is now a leading figure in the reformist movement in Iran in a recent Op-Ed.

In the first meeting of a former hostage and hostage-taker since the end of the embassy takeover in January 1981 Rosen learned that Abdi, "wanted a reformed, democratically run Iran infused with the spirit of Islam. He had become a major supporter of reform President Mohammad Khatami."

"I will never be able to avenge the pain I suffered during my captivity in Tehran, but Iran needs to change, and Abdi needs to be free. Only with selfless men like him can Iran move toward a more democratic society," urged Rosen.

The article, entitled "Plight of a Captor Turned Captive" appeared in the November 10th edition of the LA Times.

Published Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002

Plight of a Captor Turned Captive

Plight of a Captor Turned Captive

Barry Rosen, Executive Director of External Affairs at Teachers College, who was the last US press attache in Iran, requested that the Iranian government free his captor Abbas Abdi, who is now a leading figure in the reformist movement in Iran in a recent Op-Ed.

In the first meeting of a former hostage and hostage-taker since the end of the embassy takeover in January 1981 Rosen learned that Abdi, "wanted a reformed, democratically run Iran infused with the spirit of Islam. He had become a major supporter of reform President Mohammad Khatami."

"I will never be able to avenge the pain I suffered during my captivity in Tehran, but Iran needs to change, and Abdi needs to be free. Only with selfless men like him can Iran move toward a more democratic society," urged Rosen.

The article, entitled "Plight of a Captor Turned Captive" appeared in the November 10th edition of the LA Times.

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