The Story of Obama's Ransom Payment to Iran Gets Worse

America paid Iran $1.7 billion in cash—funds that by law were not to be released unless and until Iran paid what it owed to American victims of its terrorism.

President Barack Obama announces on January 17, 2016 the release of American hostages held by Iran. ISP POOL IMAGES/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images.

President Barack Obama announces on January 17, 2016 the release of American hostages held by Iran. ISP POOL IMAGES/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images.

Observation
Nov. 1 2016
About the author

Rick Richman is an attorney and frequent contributor to Mosaic. He is the author of “What Would Brandeis Do?” (August 4, 2016) and Racing Against History: The 1940 Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler (Encounter Books, 2018).


On the morning of January 17, 2016, President Obama declared that this was “a good day, because, once again, we’re seeing what’s possible with strong American diplomacy.”

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