Transcript for Outrage After Iran Announces Guilty Verdict for US Journalist
a neighbor ended in gun fire. Less tlan three MPTs ago, SHAWN Bolton was killed in a routine traffic stot. An American journalist convicted in Iran. Jason rezaian. And Brian Ross tonight with his family. His mother who traveled to Iran and his tearful wife. Reporter: The announcement in Iran today that "Washington post" reporter Jason rezaian was convicted as a spy came on his 448th day as a prisoner there. This is an outrage. The whole process has been contemptible. Reporter: An American citizen of Iranian descent, rezaian was the Tehran bureau chief for the "Washington post," one of the few western journalists there. Just six weeks before his arrest last year he talked with CNN about living in Iran. I love it and I hate it but it is home. Reporter: Since his arrest, rezaian's only contact with the outside world has been with his Iranian wife and his mother who travelled there from California to speak for him. He and his wife who is also a journalist have not been able to. She has not been able to speak to the press. So I am speaking for both of them. Reporter: Rezaian is accused of espionage, for among other things, simply reporting the news. When president Obama made a plea for rezaian's freedom earlier this year -- We will not rest until we get him home to his family. Reporter: -- The Iranians said that was simply further evidence of his importance as a U.S. Spy. His brother told ABC news, the president and the U.S. Need to do more. Not enough is done. The nuclear deal with Iran. And many asking why we didn't negotiate swapping the hostages? That is what the family is asking. And a prison nor swap, three other Americans believed to be
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