Xiyue Wang is an American citizen who has been imprisoned in Iran since 2016 after being accused of espionage. A PhD candidate in the Department of History at Princeton University, on 8 August 2016, he was arrested in Iran on charges of espionage while he was conducting research on the Qajar dynasty. It was alleged that he sought access to confidential areas of Tehran libraries, paid thousands of dollars for access, and recorded 4,500 pages of digital documents. In July 2017, he was sentenced to ten years in prison by Iran. In response to the sentencing, the United States Department of State released a press statement saying "The Iranian regime continues to detain US citizens and other foreigners on fabricated national-security related changes."
The United States is hopeful that the release of U.S. citizen Xiyue Wang by Iran will lead to the freeing of other Americans held there and is a sign Tehran is willing to come to the table to talk.. Reuters - Published
CBS News spoke to the wife of Princeton University scholar who was imprisoned in Iran since his arrest three years ago. Xiyue Wang is one of at least five Americans held in Iran. Efforts to free Wang.. CBS News - Published