U.S. researcher sentenced to 10 years in Iran on espionage charges

A Princeton University graduate student, Xiyue Wang, has been sentenced to 10 years in Iran over spying allegations, Iranian officials said Sunday. The Chinese-American researcher was arrested trying to leave Iran in August. Mizanonline, the Iranian judiciary’s official news agency, said Wang had managed to “digitally archive 4,500 of the country’s documents while under covert surveillance.” Iran said he was working for U.S. and British institutions, including Princeton, Harvard, and the British Institute of Persian Studies. The State Department called the charges “fabricated.”

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