Jason Rezaian on Being Political Collateral and his 544 Day in Iranian Prison

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Jason Rezaian was working as the Tehran bureau chief for the Washington Post when he was arrested and held in Iran's Evin Prison. (Photo: Beowulf Sheehan)

In his new memoir "Prisoner," former Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian details the year and a half that he spent in an Iranian prison. Rezaian describes his encounters with his jailers, who had complete control over him and were "the most hardheaded and least sophisticated people I had ever encountered." Rezaian's captivity occurred as the Obama administration was negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran, and Rezaian was released on the day that the deal was formally announced. He joins Forum to talk about his experience.

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Jason Rezaian, author, "Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison–Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out"; global opinions writer, The Washington Post