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The Wall Street Journal: Iran sentences U.S. grad student to 10 years for spying

Iran has handed American academic Xiyue Wang a 10-year prison sentence on spying charges, the news agency for Iran’s judiciary said Sunday, the latest in a string of such cases against foreigners that have raised alarm in the U.S. and Europe.

The news agency, Mizan Online, cited Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, a spokesman for Iran’s judiciary, as saying that an American had entered the country at the direction of the U.S. and was identified and arrested.

“It has been confirmed and verified that this individual has come to Iran for infiltration,” Ejehi was quoted as saying. Ejehi said the person, whom he didn’t identify by name, was appealing an Iranian court’s initial sentence.

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