Iran has detained The Washington Post‘s Tehran correspondent, Jason Rezaian, as well as his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who writes for a United Arab Emirates-based newspaper, The National, and two as-of-yet unnamed photojournalists this week, reports The Washington Post. All are U.S. citizens except for Ms. Salehi, who has applied for permanent residency in the U.S.This is the same Iran whose current President, Hassan Rouhani, is so often called a “moderate” in the Western press, and with which the U.S. is currently engaged in nuclear negotiations, just recently extended. But Iran’s theocracy remains dangerous—and kidnapping Americans is a national hobby that dates back to the Iran Hostage Crisis and the beginning of the revolution.Meanwhile, the BBC reports that Iran is using social media to harass the news service’s own journalists:
Iran-based family members of BBC journalists have been questioned by intelligence services, and authorities have attempted to intimidate London-based BBC Persian staff by setting up false Facebook pages on which BBC staff members purport to admit to sexual misconduct or to spying for the UK.
With moderates like these, who needs hardliners?