‘Inform the World How Evil This Regime Is’: Scholar Detained for Three Years in Tehran Recounts Lessons From Captivity

Wang said that as he served what was originally handed down as a ten-year sentence, it was often his fellow prisoners who gave him some measure of resolve. “Different people would comfort me, saying, ‘Although we all got ten years, you are American. Rest assured that you will go home sooner than we do. But promise us that when you go home, you tell the world, tell the American public what Iran really is. We count on you. We will not have that opportunity; but you are American, you can. You will have that opportunity to inform the world how evil this regime is,’” Wang recounted.