US official: Plane carrying freed Americans has left Iran

FILE - In this photo April 11, 2013 file photo, Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran. A source close to Iran's judiciary confirmed to The Associated Press, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 that jailed Washington Post bureau chief Jason Rezaian is one of four dual-national prisoners freed by Iran's government and previously announced on Iranian state television without naming those released. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – A senior U.S. official says the plane carrying Americans who had been imprisoned by Iran has left Tehran.

The Obama administration official isn’t saying whether all four Americans were on the plane, just that those “who wished to depart Iran have left.”

The publisher of The Washington Post is confirming that reporter Jason Rezaian has “safely left the country” with his wife after a “545-day nightmare.

The U.S. official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the developments –

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