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Former Iran Hostage Files Lawsuit Against Princeton University For ‘Abandoning Him’

Wang argued that Princeton and its Iran Center took the advice of “pro-regime activists and academics” prior to his arrest and after his imprisonment.
Former Iran hostage files lawsuit against Princeton University for 'abandoning him'
Xiyue Wang hugging United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein Ed McMullen in December 2019 following his release from Iranian prison. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The Jerusalem Post

Middle East scholar Xiyue Wang sued Princeton University for failing to ensure his security in Iran and allegedly running a campaign to prevent media coverage about the regime’s illegal imprisonment of the academic.

The Washington Free Beacon first reported Thursday on the lawsuit, citing sections from the legal document: “Everything Princeton did and abstained from doing was centered around absolving its institutional responsibility, protecting its institutional reputation, and maintaining its political relations with Iran.”

Wang arrived in Iran in early 2016 to work on his dissertation, and the authorities arrested him that summer.


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The US government secured Wang’s release in December 2019 as part of a prisoner exchange. Wang argued that Princeton and its Iran Center took the advice of “pro-regime activists and academics” prior to his arrest and after his imprisonment.

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