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"What Iranian justice looks like for Jason Rezaian: 'He has been convicted, but I don't have the verdict's details,'" David Barstow with the New York Times shares the news that Washington Post correspondent Jasaon Rezaian has been convicted of espionage after a secretive, closed trial (at 4,300 shares and climbing). "Iran reportedly convicted WaPo reporter Jason Rezaian for spying, an outrage," reacts colleague Darryl Fears. "The injustice continues," declares WaPo executive editor Martin Baron (his latest statement here). Even Edward Snowden has been especially outspoken on this development, tweeting, "Iran's shocking conviction of a journalist on secret evidence must not stand" and "A closed court is no court at all. Justice must be seen to be done." Anthony Bourdain calls it "A sickening injustice against a man who loved Iran." David Rothkopf's take was this: "Convicting Rezaian, testing missiles, troops into Syria-those who thought deal would change Iran...well, not so much." Meanwhile, Iran may be hinting at a prisoner exchange, which suddenly brings everything into sharper focus.
Shortly after USC coach Steve Sarkisian's forced leave of absence was announced, reports emerge of his abuse of alcohol during his time at University of Washington, including a tab with 83 beers and 12 shots of Grey Goose on it. "Damning @latimes report: Steve Sarkisian has had problems with alcohol and USC did not vet him thoroughly enough," explains Shashank Bengali at the LA Times. Over at The Guardian, they're reporting many Central American migrants face threats of violence after their deportation from the U.S. Or, as Guardian's Dominic Rushe puts it, "How the US is deporting migrants to their deaths." Simultaneously, CNN says the U.S. has airdropped 50 tons of ammunition to Syrian rebel groups, which leads WaPo's Liz Sly to ask if this act drew Russia into the conflict?
Checking in on American politics, Hillary Clinton's emails have become the new focus of the never-ending Benghazi inquiry, which seems a little off-topic for an inquiry that's already cost more than $4.5 million. "Last December, Benghazi committee announced 9 proposed hearings on topics like 'What happened.' Held 0 so far," points out NYT's Noam Scheiber. Simultaneously, a DNC officer claims she was disinvited from the Democratic debate after calling for more of them. "Democrats have grown very adept at staying on message. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is helping undo that," concludes Washington Examiner's Eddie Scarry.
And there's this from the tech beat: Dell together with private-equity firm Silver Lake reportedly will buy EMC for $67 billion in cash and stock, which would make it the biggest technology-industry takeover to date.