According to an anonymous senior U.S. official, “It was very carefully designed and showed the degree to which they understood which of our staff was working on Iran issues now that the nuclear deal is done. It was subtle.”
Iran’s hackings aren’t exactly new. They commenced after the U.S. cyber attacks on the Natanz nuclear facility that destroyed over a thousand centrifuges. Still, Tehran’s capabilities are sub par to China and Russia’s.
Douglas Jehl, foreign editor of The Washington Post said the following on Rezaian’s sentence: “We’re aware of the reports in the Iranian media, but have no further information at this time. Every day that Jason is in prison is an injustice. He has done nothing wrong. Even after keeping Jason in prison 487 days so far, Iran has produced no evidence of wrongdoing. His trial and sentence are a sham, and he should be released immediately.”