A Navy veteran detained in Iran for nearly two years has been released and started making his way home, with the first leg on a Swiss government aircraft, U.S. officials said Thursday. “The nightmare is over,” his mother said. The U.S. special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, flew to Zurich with a doctor to meet freed detainee Michael White and will accompany White to the United States aboard an American plane, the officials said.
“I am blessed to announce that the nightmare is over, and my son is safely in American custody and on his way home,” White’s mother, Joanne White, said in a statement.
#BREAKING: 683 days after being taken hostage by the Islamic Republican of Iran, #MichaelWhite is on his way home.— Jonathan Franks (@jonfranks) June 4, 2020
Joanne would like to thank the @realDonaldTrump Admin, especially the @StateSPEHA and the team at OCS.
Also thanks @GovRichardson and @Montel_Williams. pic.twitter.com/s24o6Wrdw4
....I will never stop working to secure the release of all Americans held hostage overseas! Thank you Switzerland for your great assistance.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020
New: Iran releases Navy veteran Michael White held for nearly two years. His mother: “I am incredibly grateful to the Administration, especially the team at the State Department for their work on Michael’s case."— John Hudson (@John_Hudson) June 4, 2020
BREAKING: Michael White, a US Navy veteran who was imprisoned in Iran since 2018, has been released and allowed to go home to the US. https://t.co/t0drvr7S0T— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 4, 2020
Iran released U.S. Navy veteran Michael White after nearly two years in custody, his family said https://t.co/o7ZprXXxn9— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 4, 2020
If you'd like to help the family get settled, please go to their gofundme - https://t.co/vWCqWJg7bb— Jonathan Franks (@jonfranks) June 4, 2020