Supporters protest with Ali Rezaian, the brother of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who has been imprisoned in Iran for 500 days, before he delivers a petition to the Iranian Mission to the United Nations calling for his brother's immediate release on December 3, 2015 in New York City.
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January 22, 2016 12:14 PM EST

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, freed last weekend in a prisoner swap with Iran, was winging his way back to the U.S. on Friday, where a warm welcome — and monster snowstorm — awaited.

Rezaian, who spent 18 months in an Iranian prison and was one of five Americans released last Saturday after months of delicate diplomacy with Tehran, gave no indication where exactly he was headed in a statement put out by his family.

“At some point, I will be ready to discuss my ordeal, but for now, I just want to express my profound appreciation for the tremendous support I have received” …

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