When an Iranian prison guard asked for WSJ’s Seib’s business card
Wall Street Journal executive Washington editor Gerald Seib talked about when he was kidnapped and imprisoned for four days on suspicion of espionage by Iranian officials while covering the Iran–Iraq War in 1987.
“Nothing compares to my unscheduled stay in a foreign prison,” said Seib, who has covered presidents and Federal Reserve chairmen.
After returning to Tehran, Iranian officials withheld his passport. Then, a vehicle pulled up alongside his car in a hotel parking lot, and four men in military camouflage grabbed him and put him in their car and took him to a prison, where he was accused of spying.
“I spent most of the time in an interrogation room and one night in a hotly lit cell,” said Seib. After four days, they released him, but not before one of the guards asked for a memento, said Seib.
“Can I have your business card?” the guard asked. “If I come to America, I would like to call you.”
Seib said he gave the guard his business card, but he never heard from him.
Listen to Seib’s conversation here.