Episodes

Feb. 1, 2023

SITREP Pod: Free Jamshid Sharmahd, German citizen and US resident hel…

In July 2020, Jamshid Sharmahd was kidnapped in Dubai by agents of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and taken to Iran where he is being held today. Jamshid is a German citizen and US resident who has lived in California for …

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Jan. 18, 2023

SITREP Pod 2: Free Kai Li, American held in China | Pod Hostage Diplo…

American citizen, Kai Li from New York has been wrongfully imprisoned in China since September 2016. The U.S. government has classified Kai as being “wrongfully detained” and the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Dete...

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Jan. 4, 2023

Peter Humphrey, British fraud investigator and ex-journalist previous…

British citizen, Peter Humphrey used to be a fraud investigator and a journalist based in China. Peter and his wife who is an American citizen co-founded the company, ChinaWhys which was a risk-advisory firm based in Shanghai...

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Dec. 21, 2022

Brittney is free, Paul was left behind - again | Pod Hostage Diplomacy

On 8th December 2022, American citizen and WNBA athlete Brittney Griner was freed in a prisoner swap between the United States and Russia. Unfortunately, American citizen and Marine veteran Paul Whelan also held in Russia was...

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Dec. 7, 2022

Free Jerrel Kenemore, American held in Venezuela | Pod Hostage Diplom…

Jerrel Kenemore, an American citizen from Dallas, Texas has been imprisoned in Venezuela since March this year. The U.S. State Department has classified him as “wrongfully detained”. Venezuela is notorious for taking innocent...

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Nov. 23, 2022

SITREP Pod 3: Free Robert Pether, Australian held in Iraq | Pod Hosta…

Australian engineer and Irish resident, Robert Pether has been wrongfully imprisoned in Iraq since 7 April 2021 as a result of a commercial dispute between the Iraqi government and his Dubai-based employer, CME Consulting. Th...

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Nov. 9, 2022

Free Eyvin Hernandez, American held in Venezuela | Pod Hostage Diplom…

Last month on 1st October, seven innocent Americans who were wrongfully imprisoned in Venezuela were released in a prisoner swap between the US and Venezuela. Eyvin Hernandez, an innocent American citizen who works for the Lo...

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Oct. 26, 2022

Jose Pereira, American previously held in Venezuela | Pod Hostage Dip…

Earlier this month on 1st October, Jose Pereira and six other innocent Americans who were wrongfully imprisoned in Venezuela for years were freed in a prisoner swap between the United States and Venezuela. Jose lives in Houst...

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Oct. 12, 2022

Aya Hijazi, American citizen and humanitarian previously held in Egyp…

Aya Hijazi is an American citizen and a humanitarian. She is the founder and Director of the Belady Foundation that worked to help children in Egypt who lived on the streets. In May 2014 when the crackdown on civil society …

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Sept. 28, 2022

Free Benjamin Briere, French hostage in Iran | Pod Hostage Diplomacy

French citizen and tourist, Benjamin Briere has been held hostage in Iran since May 2020. He has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a crime he did not commit. On the day of his sentencing, the French Foreign …

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Sept. 14, 2022

Free Shahab Dalili, American hostage in Iran | Pod Hostage Diplomacy

Shahab Dalili is a US permanent resident from Virginia. His wife and children are all US citizens. In April 2016, Shahab went to Tehran to attend his father’s funeral. He was then arrested and has been wrongfully imprisoned i...

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Aug. 31, 2022

SITREP Pod 2: Free Robert Pether, Australian held in Iraq | Pod Hosta…

Australian citizen and Irish resident, Robert Pether has been wrongfully imprisoned in Iraq since 7 April 2021. He and his colleague, Khalid Radwan were both detained in Baghdad after they went to Iraq to resolve a business d...

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Aug. 17, 2022

SITREP Pod 2: Free Paul Whelan, American held in Russia | Pod Hostage…

The United States government has put forward an offer to the Russian authorities to secure the release of two wrongfully detained Americans in the country – Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner. Paul Whelan is a former US Marine a...

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Aug. 3, 2022

Free Jose Pereira, American held in Venezuela | Pod Hostage Diplomacy

US permanent resident, Jose Pereira from Texas was former acting President and CEO of CITGO Petroleum. In November 2017 shortly before Thanksgiving, Jose was arrested in Caracas while he was there for a business meeting with ...

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May 18, 2022

Trevor Reed Is Home. Now It’s Time To Heal | Pod Hostage Diplomacy

Three weeks ago on 27th April, Trevor Reed was freed in a prisoner swap deal between the United States and Russia. Trevor is an American citizen and former US Marine who was wrongfully imprisoned in Russia since 16 August 201...

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May 11, 2022

SITREP Pod: Free Robert Pether, Australian held in Iraq | Pod Hostage…

Robert Pether and his colleague, Khalid Radwan were both detained in Baghdad on 7 April 2021 after they went to Iraq to resolve a business dispute between the Iraqi government and their Dubai-based employer, CME Consulting. C...

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May 4, 2022

Trevor is free, Paul was left behind | Pod Hostage Diplomacy

One week ago on Wednesday 27th April, Trevor Reed – an innocent American citizen and former US Marine who had been wrongfully imprisoned in Russia for 985 days – was freed. Trevor was released in a prisoner swap deal between …

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April 27, 2022

SITREP Pod 2: Free Tomeu Vadell, American held in Venezuela | Pod Hos…

American citizen Tomeu Vadell from Lake Charles, Louisiana has been wrongfully imprisoned in Venezuela since November 2017. Tomeu works for US oil company, CITGO and in November 2017, Tomeu was arrested in Caracas while he wa...

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April 20, 2022

SITREP Pod: Free Kai Li, American held in China | Pod Hostage Diploma…

American citizen, Kai Li from New York has been wrongfully imprisoned in China since September 2016. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called for his immediate release. On the 4th of November last ye...

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April 13, 2022

Free Robert Pether, Australian held in Iraq | Pod Hostage Diplomacy

Thursday 7th April 2022 marked the 1 year anniversary of Australian citizen Robert Pether’s wrongful imprisonment in Iraq. Robert Pether and his colleague, Khalid Radwan were both detained in Baghdad on 7 April 2021 after the...

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April 6, 2022

Michael White, American, US Navy veteran and former hostage in Iran |…

Michael White is an American citizen from Southern California. Michael served in the US Navy for 15 years and is one of 5 siblings, all of whom have served in the US Armed Forces. In 2012, Michael met his fiancé-to-be, …

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March 30, 2022

Free Jorge Toledo, American held in Venezuela | Pod Hostage Diplomacy

American citizen Jorge Toledo from Houston, Texas has been wrongfully imprisoned in Venezuela since November 2017. He works for US oil company, CITGO and was arrested in Caracas with 5 of his colleagues while they were there ...

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March 23, 2022

Nazanin is free but other hostages remain in Iran | Pod Hostage Diplo…

During the early hours of Thursday morning 17th March 2022, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe arrived back home in the UK. She was freed after being held hostage in Iran for almost 6 years. She’s a British citizen and a charity worke...

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March 16, 2022

Diane Foley, Founder and President of the James W Foley Legacy Founda…

Diane Foley is the mother of five children, including American freelance conflict journalist, James W Foley. Jim was kidnapped in Syria on 22 November 2012 and he was murdered on 19 August 2014. Diane founded the James W Fole...

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