Abedini's decision to come forward is embarrassing for the White House, as it completely contradicts the administration's line that it did not pay $400 million in exchange for the prisoner's freedom, as State Department spokesperson John Kirby absurdly claimed:
“Abedini was then asked, ‘Were they effectively waiting for the money to come in before they then let you take off?' He answered, ‘Yeah. They didn’t talk about money. They just told us about the — they told me about the plane. … So, the reason that they said you’re here in the airport is — was just because we are waiting for another plane.'
Abedini was also asked if he believed a ransom was paid, to which he stated he was grateful for his freedom, but there are others still left behind in Iran.”
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