ESPIONAGE?

Iran Sentences U.S. Journalist to 8 Years

Less than four months after being arrested in Iran, Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi has been convicted of being an American spy and sentenced to eight years in prison. Her lawyer says she is appealing the case. Saberi, who has worked for the BBC and NPR and whose accomplishments include not only two master's degrees but a Miss North Dakota crown as well, has been working on a book in Iran for the past six years. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has strongly denied the charges against Saberi and called for her release. Her conviction puts a further strain on U.S.-Iran relations as President Obama seeks to strengthen diplomatic efforts to convince Iran to curb its nuclear program.