Iran Asks For "Billions Of Dollars" In Ransom To Release Another Two US Hostages

Tyler Durden's picture

One of the bigger foreign policy blunders that plagued the Obama administration over the summer was the WSJ report that the Obama administration agreed to pay a $1.7 billion ransom payment to secured the release of 4 hostages. When we commented on this development most recently, we said that such appeasement was likely to lead to even more hostage taking, and even more ransom demands by Iran.

Then, yesterday, we learned that an Iranian court has sentenced an Iranian-American businessman and his elderly father to 10 years in prison on charges of cooperating with the United States, Iranian media reported on Tuesday, the latest sign of an intensifying crackdown against Iranians with ties to the West. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in October 2015 detained Siamak Namazi, a businessman in his mid-40s with dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship, while he was visiting family in Tehran. The IRGC in February arrested his 80-year-old father, Baquer Namazi, a former Iranian provincial governor and former UNICEF official who also has dual citizenship.

Iranian-American consultant Siamak Namazi (R) is pictured
with his father Baquer Namazi, via Reuters

Both men were sentenced to 10 years in prison for spying and cooperating with the U.S. government, said Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, according to the Fars news website, without specifying when exactly the sentences had been handed down.

Cited by Reuters, U.S. State Department's deputy spokesman, Mark Toner, said the father and son had been "unjustly detained" in Iran, and called for their immediate release. Well, according to a new press report in the local state-controlled press, Iran may just agree to release them,  but it will cost the US "many billions of dollars."

As the Washington Free Beacon first reported, senior Iranian officials, including the country’s president, have been floating the possibility of further payments from the United States for months. Since the White House agreed to pay Tehran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year as part of a deal bound up in the release of American hostages, Iran has captured several more U.S. citizens.

Iranian news sources close to the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, which has been handling prisoner swaps with the United States, reported on Tuesday that Iran expects “billions of dollars to release” those U.S. citizens still being detained.”

We should wait and see, the U.S. will offer … several billions of dollars to release” American businessman Siamak Namazi and his father Baquer, who was abducted by Iran after the United States paid Iran the $1.7 billion, according to the country’s Mashregh News outlet, which has close ties to the IRGC’s intelligence apparatus.

That amount may have been just the beginning: according to the WFB, "Future payments to Iran could reach as much as $2 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter, who said that Iran is detaining U.S. citizens in Iran’s notorious Evin prison where inmates are routinely tortured and abused."

In late September, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told NBC News that his government is in talks with the United States to secure future payouts, a disclosure that may have played a role in the White House’s recent decision to veto legislation to block future ransom payments to Iran.

“We’re currently conducting conversations and various dialogues in order to return this money to Iran,” Rouhani was quoted as saying. “Perhaps these dialogues can be still conducted simultaneously on parallel tracks while we’re conducting those same conversations in order to free the sums of money that are still owed to us" and according to the Free Beacon who spoke to one congressional adviser familiar with the issue, Iranian officials have been pressing for another $2 billion from the United States for months.


“Iranian officials including Foreign Minister [Mohammad Javad] Zarif have been bragging for months that they’re going to force the U.S. to pay them several billion dollars more,” the source said. “Now officials across the spectrum in Iran—from IRGC hardliners to the ostensibly moderate President Rouhani—are talking about those billions, and maybe several more, alongside chatter about the U.S. hostages.”

Speculation of future ransom payments to Iran come as Congress probes the circumstances surrounding the $1.7 billion cash payment, a portion of which was delivered by plane to Iran just hours before it released several U.S. prisoners. In an exclusive report, the Free Beacon recently disclosed that details of this payment and other details bound up in the hostage release are being stored in a highly secure location on Capitol Hill, preventing many from accessing the documents, which are not classified but are being treated as such. The three documents show that the cash payment was directly tied to the prisoner release, adding fuel to claims of a ransom payment, according to sources who have viewed them.

Meanwhile, it has not escaped others that having conceded to Iran's demands once would only embolden Tehran to seek more US prisoners, and demand more hostage exchanges for "many billions."

“Paying $1.7 billion to Iran to release the U.S. prisoners has encouraged Iran to arrest more Americans,” said Saeed Ghasseminejad, an associate fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “Iran senses weakness in the U.S. leadership as it constantly tests the administration through a chain of provocative actions. To put an end to Iran’s abduction program, the administration should make it clear, by action and not words, that it does not reward Iran for its bad behavior.”

Conceding to Iran’s demands will only bolster the hardline regime, Ghasseminejad correctly concluded adding that “the administration also should warn American citizens and green card holders that Iran is a very dangerous place for them to travel or do business. However, such warning contradicts the administration’s continuous efforts to encourage investors and big banks to do business with Iran. The administration also should impose sanction on the entities and individuals involved in this abduction program.”

Of course, doing so would undo not only Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran, but also set back the administration's diplomatic success with the country back by years. Which is why, it will be up to the next president to resolve this increasingly precarious imbalance of power, one where Iran assume it has the upper hand by default and so far has to be proven wrong.

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1980XLS's picture

"here we go Again"

NidStyles's picture

Nope, sorry, we are full up of (((dual-citizens))).


We don't need any more, especial from fucking UNICEF, the most anti-American NGO to come out of the UN.



These people probably aren't even prisoners, just another conjob...

Tom Servo's picture

We don't pay ransoms, some lying sack of muslim shit said so....


We might "unfreeze" a few billion dollars and ship it over in swiss francs and euros though, from some settlement from 40 years ago, coincidentally, around the time the 2 hostages are released.


nuubee's picture

If Iran is willing to accept worthless fiat paper for a few people, then so be it, let them eat the coming hyperinflation

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) nuubee Oct 19, 2016 6:01 PM

Dear Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei,

Please realese our hostages by noon EDT on Friday October 21, 2016 and we will consider not launching a nuclear cruise missle that is currently aimed at your palace.

Best Regards,

President Trump

pathosattrition's picture

Iran is just the next target of the ZioWahhabist coalition to drown the world in violence. They haven't been involved in a foreign war since the US defeated the british in 1812, but the (((media))) has no qualms villifying them without cause.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Maybe those two shouldn't have been spying for the US.

As for the "ransom", the US still hasn't returned tens of billions of dollars that it stole from Iran over 30 years ago when it "froze" its assets.

Perhaps the US could actually get along better in the world if it got out of the business of robbing and bullying everone on the planet.

Loftie's picture

IRAN is not the problem. THIS is the REAL PROBLEM.

philipat's picture

Hey Loftie, previously known as mofio then santafe then Aristotle of Greece then Gargoyle then bleu then oops then lance-a-lot.

You are a serial spammer and a serial pain in the ass. Might I politely suggest that you go fuck yourself? And get a life.

PS. You might have noticed that my attempt to expose you for what you are is always the same. That’s because your Spam is always the same (Using fake links to your BS site which has no connection to your comments, which are deliberately dramatic to encourage people to click on the fake link) so it seems only fair that my exposure of your crap should also always be the same. An eye for an eye.


eforce's picture

You mean worthless fiat they can convert into planes from Airbus or funnel to Hezbollah etc.?

Nobodys Home's picture

Yah...but hyperinflation!

Vatican_cameo's picture


It just goes to show, the Diaper-heads are learning.  Instead of killing that Nuclear Scientist that Hildebeast exposed in her e-mails, they should have ransomed him off too.  There will be no shortage of prisoners to fund that Dump in the middle of the Desert.  Keep the check book handy and the jets fueled up, It's going to be Party Time in Tehran.

Hurricane Baby's picture

I'd rather pay the money for an Iranian nuclear scientist than for all the (((American citizens))) that keep getting captured.

Vageling's picture

Soooowee... Inquiring minds wonder... How became bombing the answer? You sound like illery. And how will Trump bomb'em with all the Russian there? Bad juju. 

RAT005's picture

Suprise is better:  Your way the hostages end up in the palace while the Supreme Leader is in the brothel of virgin goats waiting for the fireworks.

Sam Clemons's picture

At least they're getting smarter.  They know with the Fed's printing press, we can literally afford any amount.  You name it, the US will print it.

Big Whoop's picture

The USA is the bird feeder of the world.


Nobodys Home's picture

Trick ot Treat for Unicef! Anybody remember that? I used to do it as a kid...I feel like I was raped!

whosetosay's picture

Way to go bambam... talk about a wealth transfer. Might as well send out invitations.

Selly2k's picture

considering Washington Free Beacon

as the source, total neocon BS

DontGive's picture

More pallets of cash incoming. Not a bad gig if you can get it.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

$1.7 B = 42.3 metric tons of AU.

Be sure to test for Fool's Gold (gold plated Tungsten).

doc333's picture

PUSSIFIED C*NTS wil pay the asking price.............................................closer and closer to "lock and load"


Gold...Bitches's picture

And these are the people that Obammy loves to make deals with because he needs a legacy!  Unfortunately for Obummer that legacy is going to be one of abject failure to every single thing he has touched.

Uglier-n-Sin's picture

Can't we just swap them O'bugger and Biden?

pankowboy's picture

But wait! There's more! We'll throw in Valjar and Aunty Jemima at no additional charge!

Jason T's picture

meanwhile, Russian soldiers defiant till end...

WTFUD's picture

Isn't it Iran's Money in the first place which was illegally confiscated? . . and now being duly returned.

Jam's picture

Those Clowns belong in the US about as much as Obama does.

blindman's picture

the precious lives of hostages are so easily
protected today; only one condition is needed.
if they die and are not released, you all die.
just say it and welcome them home, if that is what you
ah, but no. there is politics and leverage and counter
mummery to swim.

SantaClaws's picture

Trump can't get elected fast enuf.

medium giraffe's picture

CIA assets.  Guaran-fucking-teed.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Why else would they pay that much?

And if they didn't, these guys start singing like the Bee Gees. Queue song "Staying Alive, staying alive!"

Swamp Yankee's picture

How about two billion dollars of Daisy Cutters, MOABs and JDAMS?   :)

knotjammin2's picture

It would be cheaper to set an example and nuke Tehran.

just the tip's picture

It would be cheaper to set an example and nuke washington.


1777's picture

Better fire up those printing presses, we are gonna need another giant stack of fiat to blow!

Skiprrrdog's picture

Well... we can only afford a billion right now... but will throw in coupons for six months worth of blow jobs from Ohomo the Brown(ish) Clown...

Berspankme's picture

they get those for free currently

medium giraffe's picture

OT:  Team Brainiac now thinks that the leaks originated with.......    wait for it........


.......Russia Today.



Honestly, these fucking people.....

Nobodys Home's picture

Didn't we teach these turban heads the first time! Ohhh wait....

No we paid them!

Skiprrrdog's picture

What am I missing here in this story... they are "Iranian Americans"? Why would we pay anything at all for them? They got fucked by their countrymen, IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY... I am not sure I see how this affects us...

Nobodys Home's picture

"Iranian-American consultant Siamak Namazi (R) is pictured
with his father Baquer Namazi, via Reuters"

Pay Iran beeelions! We are not terrorists!

(Siamak...did you make the clock project as I asked? Yes father. What my son? I said Yes father...Ah. I could not hear you. You had your gleaming scimitar clutched to tightly between your yellowed teeth! Have you been in contact with our agent Valerie Jarret? She said it's a go father.)

Nightjar's picture

They look like foreigners to me.

Nobodys Home's picture

If you vote for Killary, Madonna will give you a blow that transferable?