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U.S. hiker released from Iran; President Obama, world reacts to news

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Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers detained for a year in Iran, has been released from prison, according to her attorney, Massoud Shafii. My colleague Thomas Erdbrink is following the story in Tehran.

Shafii said she would be released after the payment of a $500,000 bail.

Shroud, 32, was being held on charges of illegal entry and spying. Her two friends Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal still remain in custody.

Reuters reports President Barack Obama said he remained hopeful that Tehran would demonstrate "renewed compassion" by freeing Bauer and Fattal.

On the Facebook page "Free the Hikers," members celebrated the news with notes of "Hallelujah!" and "Now let's get the boys home!"

There have been 155 journalists imprisoned in 2010, according to Reporters Without Borders.

By Melissa Bell  | September 14, 2010; 8:27 AM ET
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I will never understand these "hikers". I mean, how incredibly dumb do you have to be to purposfully go "hiking" on the Iran/Iraq border? After decades of similar stories where Iranian security forces imprison other "hikers", and you have these Americans who still go, year after year. How do you even get there? It isn't like Iraq is a tourist desitnation, then getting to the border with Iran. Really, how does someone even do it.

Secondly is why? Aren't there enough amazing places to hike in the world that are tourist friendly?

This is like walking into a burning house, then wondering why you got burned.

They deserve their imprisonment as far as I am concerned. Your little hiking trip turned into a public relations nightmare and occupied the time of our nations highest diplomats that need to be doing other things. Let it be a lesson to you and to others who will undoubetedly follow in your footsteps.

Posted by: Nosh1 | September 14, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

What is next on the hiking itinerary, Kashmir perhaps?

Posted by: edbyronadams | September 14, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Three guesses where the $500,000 is going to... ok, maybe just one guess.

Posted by: eunicedelrosario | September 14, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Hippies, not the brightest.

Posted by: stuart806 | September 14, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Darwin awards to this underachieving bum!
dont let her profit from this embarassment to her Country....

Posted by: philosopherkingtomas | September 14, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

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