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Why were US embassy hostages in Tehran released as soon as Reagan took the oath of office???????

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Submitted by Edward (United States), Aug 20, 2015 at 13:15

Dr. Pipes, why were the US embassy hostages in Tehran released as soon as Reagan took the oath of office?

The US embassy hostage crisis contributed to Carters losing the election against Reagan.

  • Was a deal struck?
  • How would it benefit Iran?
  • If a deal was struck, why would Iran keep the details secret?
  • If a deal would tarnish Reagans record, why would Iran want to protect Reagans/Republicans record at the expense of Carters???
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Daniel Pipes replies:

I have written much on this topic. See http://www.danielpipes.org/1654/the-october-surprise-theory and the bibliography at the bottom.

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