Academic Adviser Of U.S. Student Jailed In Iran: 'Everything He Did Was Normal'

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Iran says it has sentenced an American graduate student to 10 years in prison for spying for U.S. and British intelligence agencies. The Princeton University student was in Iran doing research when he was arrested. Xiyue Wang, 37, is pursuing a Ph.D. in Eurasian history, studying local government in predominantly Muslim regions during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Stephen Kotkin , Wang's advisor at Princeton, says Wang came well-prepared for an extremely ambitious thesis topic. "He had tremendous background, life experiences, linguistic capabilities, and so he entered the program and hit the ground running and developed his interests even more," Kotkin says. The fieldwork stage of Wang's scholarly research took him to Iran about a year...

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