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'It was really touch and go' for Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian

'It was really touch and go' for Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian

Having spent 18 months in an Iranian prison – where he lost 40 pounds, paced a small cell for hours and was sometimes held in isolation – Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian worried about his release from captivity until the very end.

When the Swiss air force jet carrying Rezaian, his family and two other American prisoners took off from Tehran last weekend, the passengers burst into applause and then applauded again when the jet left Iranian airspace, according to Washington Post Foreign Editor Doug Jehl, who debriefed Rezaian in Germany on Monday.

“It really was touch and go, he said, in the final hours as to whether he’d be able to leave,”...

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