November 11th, 2009
11:32 AM ET

Zakaria: No one thinks hikers are spies

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/09/23/iran.hikers/art.iranhikers.fattal.jpg caption="Josh Fattal's relatives say they haven't had contact with him since he was detained in Iran."]

Fareed Zakaria | BIO
CNN Anchor

Three American hikers detained by Iran are facing espionage charges, according to Iranian officials.

The three Americans have been held since July 31 on charges of illegally crossing the border from Iraqi Kurdistan into Iran. The families and friends of Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal say it was an innocent mistake and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed. "We believe strongly that there is no evidence to support any charge whatsoever," Clinton said this week.

The move against the hikers comes at a delicate moment in relations between Iran and the United States. Fareed Zakaria, author and host of CNN's "Fareed Zakaria: GPS" spoke to CNN Tuesday about Iran and U.S. policy.

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  1. Tim Gibson

    True, no one believes these individuals are spies. Yet once again we are faced with an international issue because people do not pay close attention to the laws and the security issues while on foreign soil. Why even get so close?

    November 11, 2009 at 12:56 pm |