Transcript for Former Marine Released From Iranian Prison: I'm 'Proud to Be an American'
We have major developments tonight, after Americans were released in that prisoner swap from Iran. Tonight, one now speaking out. The former marine with a message for his fellow Marines, revealing what happened at the moment their plane cleared Iranian air space. And, late today, new images of another prisoner and his first hours of freedom. Here's ABC's chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross. Reporter: Finally, something to laugh about for "Washington post" reporter Jason rezaian. In the first video of him as a free man, released tonight, he is shown chuckling with his wife over a joke that poked fun at his Iranian captors for claiming he was a spy. It was also a great day for another of the freed Americans. 32-year-old amir hekmati, eager to tell the world Iran did not break him. I feel alive for the first time. It's like being born again and I just really feel proud to be an American. Reporter: Hekmati said he and the three other released Americans so mistrusted the Iranians, that they did not relax until their Swiss air force plane cleared Iranian air space, after a delay of some 12 hours. Champagne bottles were popped. Reporter: Hekmati was held for more than four years at Iran's notorious even prison, where his family says he was tortured. My name is amir mirazy hekmati. Reporter: And forced to make this false confession video, after which he was sentenced to death for being a cia spy. A former marine, hekmati said today, it was his regard for his fellow Marines that kept him going. Especially after some of them organized an online hunger strike to support him. I didn't want to let my fellow Marines down, so, I tried my best to, you know, keep my head up and withstand all the pressures that were put upon me, some of which were very inhuman and unjust. Semper fi to all the Marines out there. Powerful to hear from them now. Brian Ross with us tonight. About the American left behind, the family of bob Levinson talking to you right here tonight. What are they saying now? Reporter: Well, today, the mystery of the American left behind only deepened as the white house said the U.S. Has reason to believe that Levinson is no longer in Iran. The white house says its long had that belief, but the lechson family today said they were surprised to hear that statement. All right, Brian Ross, you'll stay on that for sure.
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