Former talk show host and Marine Corps veteran Montel Williams disagreed with the administration’s positive characterization of the proposed deal.
Williams, who served in the U.S. military for eighteen years, was not pleased the administration’s negotiations did not include the release of any of the Americans being held by Iran, especially United States Marine Corps veteran Amir Hekmati. Last fall, Williams was instrumental in bringing media attention to the case of another American Marine, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who was held in a Mexican prison for eight months.
Williams said the Hekmati case is much worse than Tahmooressi’s ordeal. The Iraq war vet has been imprisoned by Iran since 2011. He traveled to Iran to visit his aging grandmother, hoping to see her before she passed away. Within days of his arrival, the Iranian authorities arrested Hekmati, charging him with espionage.
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