Ahmadinejad Says US Hikers Will Be Freed in Two Days

Wonderful, stupendous, long-overdue news if true.

TEHRAN — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told NBC News Tuesday that two Americans given eight-year prison sentences for spying and entering the country illegally will be released “in two days”.

Ahmadinejad made the remark about Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal in a one-on-one interview with Ann Curry that is due to be broadcast on NBC’s TODAY on Tuesday morning.

Corroboration from the Washington Post:

TEHRAN — Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he intends to grant a “unilateral pardon” to two Americans who have been jailed on charges of espionage for two years and release them this week.

“I am helping to arrange for their release in a couple of days so they will be able to return home,” Ahmadinejad tolD The Washington Post in an hour-long interview at his office here. “This is of course going to be a unilateral humanitarian gesture.”