September 11 2013, the Guardian UK publishes a letter Amir smuggled out to Secretary of State John Kerry.. This represents a HUGE risk, but he seems adamant to clear up some issues. He clarifies that his confession was forced, and that he is completely innocent of any espionage charges. He also clarifies that he considers himself a hostage.

It would be difficult to overstate the bravery this letter evidences, as he is completely exposed to ill treatment from the people about whom he is writing, and it could cause his living conditions to become much worse than they were at the time he wrote the letter.

Kerry acted immediately, demanding Amir’s release, although with the lack of diplomatic relations between the two nations, we have very little leverage.