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WorldMother of Navy vet in Iranian prison says he is not a spy

08:15  12 january  2019
08:15  12 january  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Iran says it is holding US Navy veteran

Iran says it is holding US Navy veteran A semi-official news agency close to the Revolutionary Guard has confirmed that Iran is holding U.S. Navy veteran Michael R. White. 

Iran has confirmed media reports that U.S. Navy veteran Michael R. White is being held in an Iranian prison . According to Farhadi, White said he became acquainted with an Iranian girl online and traveled to Iran three times to visit her. On the third trip, he was arrested at an international airport in

Iran confirmed Wednesday it is holding U.S. Navy veteran Michael R. White at a prison in the country, making him the first His arrest was first reported by an online news service by Iranian expatriates who interviewed a former Iranian prisoner who said he met White at Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad

Mother of Navy vet in Iranian prison says he is not a spy© Joanne White

The mother of a Navy veteran being held in Iran says he was a cook in the service and has never been a spy.

Michael White went to Iran in July to visit a woman he calls his girlfriend and didn't return.

Iran's Foreign Ministry said this week he was arrested in the city of Mashhad.

The reason for his arrest has not been announced. His mother, Joanne White, said Friday through a representative that her son spent much of his time in the Navy as a cook and recently worked commercially as a janitor.

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An American Navy veteran from California has been imprisoned in Iran since July on unknown charges, according to reports. On Monday, an online news service run by Iranian ex-patriots, IranWire, reported that a former inmate spoke to White in prison , saying White told him he was

"Because Americans detained in Iran are often accused of espionage, we want to be very clear .... he is not now, nor has he ever been a spy," family representative Jonathan Franks said.

Joanne White said she is worried about the health of her son, who has cancer. She wants the Iranians to provide access for the Swiss ambassador. In the absence of relations between Washington and Tehran, the Swiss Embassy represents US diplomatic interests in Iran.

"Joanne White wants her son back, and she's gravely concerned that he will succumb to his medical issues in prison. Michael has no part in the ongoing geopolitical dispute between the United States and Iran," Franks said.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said earlier this week Michael White has not been mistreated.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: British-Iranian mother begins hunger strike

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: British-Iranian mother begins hunger strike A British-Iranian woman who has been jailed in Iran since 2016 began a hunger strike Monday as her husband said that prison guards had asked her to spy on the UK in return for her freedom. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 40, started the three-day hunger strike in a bid to see a specialist for lumps in her breasts and numbness in her limbs, her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, told a press conference in London.

He said that there was a specific capability in which troops tackle mistruths spread by enemies. Russia's ambassador was summoned to the While Russia is not a Nato member, France is, and Theresa May spoke to her counterpart President Emmanuel Macron yesterday to keep him in the loop.

White's mother was quoted by the NYT saying she learned three weeks ago that her son is alive and being held at an Iranian prison . Iran says that Levinson is not in the country and that it has no further information about him , though his family holds Tehran responsible for his disappearance.

Franks said White went to Iran to visit a woman he loves. White met her online about four or five years ago, and he had visited her four times over the past few years, Joanne White said.

The mother said earlier this week she was worried her son's cancer could recur. He had recently gone through months of chemotherapy.

He also has asthma and was medically retired from the Navy, Joanne White said.

Michael White is one of several US citizens and other foreign nationals held in Iran. The State Department advises Americans not to travel to Iran "due to the risk of arbitrary arrest and detention."

CNN's Traci Tamura contributed to this report.

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