In July 2009, Iranian border guards arrested three American civilians who were on an overnight backpacking trip on the Iraq/Iran border and charged them with espionage. One of the three, Sarah Shourd, was released on Sept. 14.
Today, American academic Noam Chomsky posted an online video in which he implored the Iranian government to release the remaining two, Shourd’s fiance Shane Bauer and their friend, Josh Fattal.
Many Iranians would already be familiar with Chomsky from his appearances on Iran’s propagandist state-run satellite channel Press TV, during which he offered his analysis and critiques of foreign policy issues. The channel has not yet acknowledged Chomsky’s plea.