Hollywood portrays the Iran hostage crisis as a thriller story with a triumphant ending in the film “Argo.” But the real story of the 52 hostages who were held in captivity for 444 days, 39 of whom are still alive today, didn’t end with their homecoming to the U.S.
Thirty-two years after their release, two former hostages tell Politics Confidential about their harrowing tales of captivity and their subsequent legal battle to receive compensation for the ordeal they endured.
One of the hostages, Rick Kupke, describes their 17-year-long legal struggle, saying “it’s almost as if our noses have been rubbed in the dirt.”
“It's a colossal injustice, what happened to us,” says Kupke, who is now retired from the State Department and was repeatedly tortured at the hands of the Iranian captors. “People ask me, do you have nightmares, did you come out of this normal...my nightmare is the Algiers Accord.”
The Algiers Accord is the agreement that led to the hostages’ release,Read More »from Iran hostages locked in struggle for compensation, tell their story of “colossal injustice”