WASHINGTON, D.C. — Iran has released American Navy veteran Michael White, who had been imprisoned by the nation for nearly two years, President Donald Trump announced on Thursday.
"I am to happy announce that Navy Veteran, Michael White, who has been detained by Iran for 683 days, is on a Swiss plane that just left Iranian Airspace," Trump tweeted. "We expect him to be home with his family in America very soon...."
White, a US Navy veteran from California, traveled to Iran in July 2018. The State Department told CNN that he had been detained since 2018 and was serving a 13-year sentence.
White had been granted a medical furlough after he contracted COVID-19 in an Iranian prison in March. He was transferred into the custody of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which acts as a diplomatic mediator between the U.S. and Iran.
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