spyThree UC Berkeley alumni who have been detained in Iran since July have been charged with espionage, according to Iranian news reports.

The trio was detained near the Iraqi-Iranian border while hiking this summer. Friends and family have said the group crossed the Iranian border accidentally, but apparently others suspect more nefarious motives.

Hopefully, this is putting all of your bad vacation stories in perspective.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the hikers will face trial and, if convicted, potentially harsh sentences. This from the guy who has denied the Holocaust and whose election was the subject of more than a little controversy.

U.S. Secretary of  State Hillary Clinton, however, has said she is confident there is no evidence to support the charge, so here’s hoping she’ll be able to kick some ass, take some names and get everyone home safely.

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Detained Alumni Charged With Espionage [Daily Cal]



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