Velvet Revolutionaries – Iran and U.S. Exchange Assets…

While the U.S. calls Xiyue Wang a “scholar” and Iran calls Massoud Soleimani a “scientist“, it’s likely both were not exactly forthcoming as as they presented themselves to the professional networks within each host nation.

Just my cynical opinion [nudge, nudge – wink, wink – say no more, say no more]…

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Princeton scholar held for three years in Iran on widely criticized espionage charges was freed Saturday as part of a prisoner exchange that saw America release a detained Iranian scientist, a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of tensions.

The trade on the tarmac of a Swiss airport saw Iranian officials hand over Chinese-American graduate student Xiyue Wang for scientist Massoud Soleimani, who had faced a federal trial in Georgia over charges he violated sanctions by trying to have biological material brought to Iran. (read more)

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Release of Xiyue Wang:

“After more than three years of being held prisoner in Iran, Xiyue Wang is returning to the United States. A Princeton University graduate student, Mr. Wang had been held under the pretense of espionage since August 2016. We thank our Swiss partners for their assistance in negotiating Mr. Wang’s release with Iran. The highest priority of the United States is the safety and well-being of its citizens. Freeing Americans held captive is of vital importance to my Administration, and we will continue to work hard to bring home all our citizens wrongfully held captive overseas.”  ~ President Donald Trump

Rivkin Project


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23 Responses to Velvet Revolutionaries – Iran and U.S. Exchange Assets…

  1. rayvandune says:

    It certainly doesn’t make up for three years in captivity, but that is one sweet ride home.

    Liked by 6 people

  2. adam says:

    CIA’s sending everybody home …

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Xiyue Wang was captured during the Obama Administration and set free during the Trump Administration so he knows perfectly through experience about THE BIG BEAUTIFUL DIFFERENCE

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  4. I want to know whose “United States of America” plane that is. If it’s Deep State, I want it confiscated.


  5. dufrst says:

    I had the same inkling Sundance. Routine prisoner swaps between intelligence agencies…

    Liked by 6 people

  6. California Joe says:

    There are 12,000 Iranian students studying at American colleges and universities each year many of them in the top medical and technology schools like MIT. For the life of me how the hell did we allow that while at the same time Iran is holding several Americans hostage for years demanding hundreds of millions of dollars in ransom and getting it paid by Obama! Both Obama and Bush allowed this travesty to continue year after year!

    Liked by 4 people

    • MfM says:

      I’m pretty sure froreign students pay full freight tuition bills. No discounts.


      • California Joe says:

        Of course, foreign students get full student loans guaranteed by the United States government which they never pay back and that $1.5 billion plus $400 million pays for a lot of college tuitions.

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      • thedoc00 says:

        Normally its the Governments paying the full freight for students who actually have to qualify and “earn” the spots.

        Then again, who knows these days as Universities have the interesting habit of giving money to foreigners for “diversity” and “brotherhood” sake.

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      • CountryDoc says:

        many serve an obligtory 3 years in a rural or “underserved” area and then leave

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    • We can punish those danged Iranian students by throttling their internet access. That’ll teach ’em.


    • CountryDoc says:

      Our rural areas have a severe lack of primary care, where they are needed the most. You can move there, but you cannot find a viable job, because the medical industrial complex of hospital systems, insurance companies want complete control of the docs. Rural docs income ranges from losing money to 150K, depending on how much they don’t do primary care and do some service not needed (or cheat) in order to make money.

      The foreign medical docs don’t go into needed areas, and if they do, they stay only long enough to fulfill their obligation that “pays” for their education — and then who knows where they go.

      The percent of cheaters and those who abuse/game the system are much higher among the foreign medical grads (yet I must also say there are many good doctors who are foreign medical grads)


  7. I was kind of surprise when I saw this this morning…an exchange rather than a direct release. So perhaps SD is correct, I have no idea.

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  8. jeans2nd says:

    So glad to see Mr Yang released. Curious we had an Iranian available for the trade. More curious Obama could not find an Iranian available for trade. Curiousest is the present dialogue with the Iranians, particularly in light of the ongoing protests in Iran.

    Re-reading the Rivkin Project now reads like the blueprint China is using today here in the U.S. on us.
    The “Rivkins” did not count on a Donald Trump, a Nigel Farage, a Marine Le Pen, and so many others around the world who have stood in the breach for their country. Although there are years and generations to go, it must make you smile just a teeny bit at all that has transpired since 14 May 2011.

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  9. WSB says:

    So, is Mr. Yang a flipped Chinese spy for the US, who the Iranians are rerurning?


  10. Fools Gold says:

    Sounds like we reunited 2 spy’s. Wonder if one worked for Brennan at one time. Just my rivken hunch…

    Liked by 1 person

  11. WSB says:

    Everyone needs to click on the Rivkin Project. It will blow your mind.


  12. Lindy says:

    Velvet Revolutionaries??
    Oh, I thought maybe we were talking about Brett Kimberlin. Maybe his name will come up in the next week or two.


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