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Sean Penn helped secure release of U.S. hikers in Iran - after bringing plight to Hugo Chavez
Daily Mail ^ | 12:40 AM on 24th September 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 09/24/2011 3:16:24 PM PDT by Niuhuru

U.S. actor Sean Penn engaged in attempts to secure the release of two Americans freed by Iran this week, flying to Venezuela to ask President Hugo Chavez to intervene with Iran's leader, a source close to the release process said on Friday.

Since Tehran freed Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer on Wednesday details have emerged about the efforts to win their freedom, which involved the United Nations, Iraq and Oman - as well as Chavez, who is a fiery critic of the United States.

Venezuela's deputy foreign minister said on Thursday that Chavez brought up the case with his Iranian ally Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after being alerted to the Americans' plight by friends in U.S. 'intellectual circles.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: actor; admiralspicoli; americans; freedom; hiker; hugochavez; iran; iraq; oman; seanpenn; tehran; unitednations; unitedstates; venezuela
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1 posted on 09/24/2011 3:16:31 PM PDT by Niuhuru
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To: Niuhuru
As soon as these "hikers" or Sean Penn show up on U.S. soil, they need to be shot.

This was a stunt gone bad. I know it, everyone reading this knows it, the "hikers" know it and Sean Penn knows it.

2 posted on 09/24/2011 3:21:17 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Niuhuru


3 posted on 09/24/2011 3:21:23 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Niuhuru

This story hasn’t smelt right from the get go. People hiking in the mountains of Iraq during a war? Give me a break. Iran should’ve kept them idiot butts.


4 posted on 09/24/2011 3:21:38 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Niuhuru; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
Whoa! Had to get radical with those gnarly Iranian dudes... but when I gave them some bitching Panama Red, they saw the awesomeness of my way--
5 posted on 09/24/2011 3:22:50 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Niuhuru
LOL... who knows how many months those two putzes kept assuring the Iranians, "No, we aren't spies, we don't even love our country, we're on your side!!" And no one believed them till Sean Penn said "Guys, it's cool, they're one of us."

Now those hikers will be celebrities in the Berkeley circlies forever. Getting laid will never be a problem again. Ah, what a happy ending.

6 posted on 09/24/2011 3:22:54 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Dallas59

Perhaps they could have been freed earlier if they had just converted to Islam. That would have been funny


7 posted on 09/24/2011 3:23:39 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: Niuhuru
'The American "intellectual" who took up the case with him was Sean Penn,' the source said. "intellectual" and Sean Pean in the same sentence..............Just wrong!
8 posted on 09/24/2011 3:24:08 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Dallas59

People hiking in the mountains of Iran - period! Who the h-e-double hockey sticks goes hiking in Iran!???!!!


9 posted on 09/24/2011 3:24:29 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Niuhuru
Did he come up with the million dollars too, or is that something "we" did?

ML/NJ

10 posted on 09/24/2011 3:24:58 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Niuhuru

The $500,000 “bond” posted on each of them probably had more to do with it than Penn.


11 posted on 09/24/2011 3:25:42 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Niuhuru

Did he use his red cup from Katrina to help in the release?


12 posted on 09/24/2011 3:26:17 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: FrdmLvr

Leno had a good line - that the female released earlier and her boyfriend are getting married soon. They’ve planed to take their honeymoon on a cruise off the Somali coast.


13 posted on 09/24/2011 3:26:41 PM PDT by BuckyKat (Green = the new red)
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To: Niuhuru

Who paid the million dollars for release? Please don’t tell me the US tax payers!


14 posted on 09/24/2011 3:27:03 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Niuhuru

Sultan of Oman paid it. As for these three being mere “hikers”? We’ll have to take their word for it.

In any case CIA or no CIA, they’re in the money now. Nothing like notoriety for having the media at your door with money offers.


15 posted on 09/24/2011 3:28:56 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Niuhuru

All I know is that if I was the parents and family of these guys, I would kiss Penn’s feet.


16 posted on 09/24/2011 3:30:51 PM PDT by Paradox (Democrats on Obama, They can't deny him, He is them.)
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To: Niuhuru

This is the way I see it: Achmadinijad knows 0bama is out in a little over a year. He doesn’t want to have to deal with the wrath of a real American president over the hostage situation with these hikers. He’s made his point by taking them and holding them for three years.


17 posted on 09/24/2011 3:30:52 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: A_perfect_lady

“will be celebrities in the Berkeley circlies forever”

And they got $1,000,000 donated to the Iranian destroy Israel fund.


18 posted on 09/24/2011 3:31:50 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Bender2

The American “Intellectual” according to the article! Shows you what the UK thinks of us!


19 posted on 09/24/2011 3:31:50 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: BuckyKat

GREAT line!


20 posted on 09/24/2011 3:33:48 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Revolting cat!

It was a complicated deal, but I think Sean got the movie rights, and will direct, with Hugo producing and splitting domestic and foreign with Harvey Weinstein, while Mahmud gets an exec producer credit and a cameo playing himself.


21 posted on 09/24/2011 3:34:30 PM PDT by Argus
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To: BuckyKat

Has anyone in the ultra liberal media commented on the “coincidence” that these two hikers were released on the day that Obama and the putz of Iran spoke at the UN General Assembly.

Were Iranians trying to imitate Reagan and the release of the Embassy hostages on Jan 20, 1980? That memory must have loomed large in Achmadinijad’s mind ever since he was instrumental in taking them hostage, when he was a young man.


22 posted on 09/24/2011 3:35:45 PM PDT by maica ( Multiculturalism is the smiley face of totalitarianism.)
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To: A_perfect_lady

“Now those hikers will be celebrities in the Berkeley circlies forever. “

So will Penn; just look at the fawning comments left by so many easily fooled sad sacks and the number of green arrows. Penn will parlay this into being a top authority on diplomacy in Hollywood and then go figure, probably angle for an award from the UN. I wonder how much the idiot will charge for speeches after this little triumph.


23 posted on 09/24/2011 3:38:30 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Argus

I’m more than sure it’ll win plenty of Oscars and it’ll be lauded by PEOPLE, TIME, and NEWSWEEK magazine.


24 posted on 09/24/2011 3:40:14 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Argus

And the Sultan who’s out a cool million?


25 posted on 09/24/2011 3:40:26 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: maica

I think you’re right about that; this is a face saving measure more than being convinced by Chavez or Penn or some other idiot. They want to be done with it now and avoid being seen as buckling under the authority of a Republican president.


26 posted on 09/24/2011 3:41:55 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru

Smith Act? What Smith Act?


27 posted on 09/24/2011 3:45:24 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Niuhuru

Don’t kid yourself. Those hikers are activists. Maybe we should have left them there.


28 posted on 09/24/2011 3:45:24 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Revolting cat!

The Omani dude who put up the seed money will get a piece of the backend, distributor’s gross.


29 posted on 09/24/2011 3:47:51 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Slings and Arrows

Cr*p, I meant the Logan Act (although Spiccoli might well be dancing on the edges of the Smith Act too).


30 posted on 09/24/2011 3:48:10 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Niuhuru

So Penn helped arrange the ransom drop?


31 posted on 09/24/2011 3:49:11 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Psalm 109:8)
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To: ColdOne

Compared to Obumma, Penn may be considered an Einstein over there.

[or at least an idiot savant]

:)


32 posted on 09/24/2011 3:50:57 PM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: Niuhuru

I think they are CIA spys; it’s a perfect cover to act like you are just idiot kids hiking along the Iranian border. So Spicoli saved two CIA spys, what a patriot he is. And now he should receive the Nobel Peace Prize, as well, like that other American intellectual, Barack Obama.


33 posted on 09/24/2011 3:51:07 PM PDT by decisis
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To: FrdmLvr

Kinda like the Carter/Reagan thingy?

;D


34 posted on 09/24/2011 3:52:41 PM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: Sacajaweau

I for one think that it’s just as well that we didn’t try to rescue them; sane people have no business placing themselves in that kind of danger and I personally think that there is no point to ending up risking our troops or taxpayer money on getting them out of a situation they placed themselves in.


35 posted on 09/24/2011 3:54:02 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: decisis

Well, if Penn gets that, the Nobel has officially become the diplomatic version of the Oscars.


36 posted on 09/24/2011 3:54:57 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru

Don’t underestimate Sean Penn, he is one of the CIA’s top assassins, and is so convincing in his role as a useful idiot that he could have taken out half the world’s bad guys, if he had been ordered to do so.


37 posted on 09/24/2011 3:55:32 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Haha, it wouldn’t surprise me if Penn had been manipulated by the CIA into doing this. It would actually make perfect sense, pointing out that this man is truly both an idiot, but perfectly useful .


38 posted on 09/24/2011 3:57:01 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru

I heard Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s favorite movie of all time is “I Am Sam”. He was so thrilled to finally meet Sean Penn.


39 posted on 09/24/2011 3:58:07 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Barry gives them $535 million and they take "the fifth" when asked where it went.)
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To: Niuhuru

Oh please....rescue?? It’s a million dollar ransom...Please note that the hikers said they hoped the US will free prisoners.


40 posted on 09/24/2011 3:59:14 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Niuhuru
Thanks, F.A.G.

41 posted on 09/24/2011 3:59:14 PM PDT by struggle
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To: FlingWingFlyer
I heard Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s favorite movie of all time is “I Am Sam”

Is that the one where he went full retard?

42 posted on 09/24/2011 4:03:06 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: elkfersupper

It always seems to take a movie star to get Iran to release captured Americans


43 posted on 09/24/2011 4:08:05 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: Salamander

Yep! Exactly what I’m thinkin’. Didn’t that Carter/Reagan thingy also happen in a little out of the way spot called Iran, too? just sayin’


44 posted on 09/24/2011 4:16:52 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: FrdmLvr

Sure did.

Iran couldn’t get those hostages outta there fast enough when Ronnie won.

Life gets different *fast* when you swap a poodle for a pit bull.


45 posted on 09/24/2011 4:21:32 PM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: FrdmLvr

Cause there’s no place good to hike in the US. No big forests or canyons or anything like that. A warzone is much better.


46 posted on 09/24/2011 4:21:48 PM PDT by christx30
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To: Sacajaweau

I thought the US had a “no money for hostages” policy?

Oh...wait...that was a different president.

Never mind.


47 posted on 09/24/2011 4:22:59 PM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: christx30

Exactly! And the Alps are like soooo unpicturesqe and stuff, too!


48 posted on 09/24/2011 4:31:33 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: christx30

Maybe they were wandering around looking for Barry’s passport.


49 posted on 09/24/2011 4:33:15 PM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: Niuhuru
Penn will parlay this into being a top authority on diplomacy

Call me a sceptic but I doubt Penn had anything to do with this

50 posted on 09/24/2011 4:52:02 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (ui)
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