The Biden administration has found itself in quite a dilemma. We also are in a dilemma as to who we should believe.
First, we know that the Iranian Government is good at spreading misleading information, so let's keep that in mind.
On Sunday, Iranian state television made yet another questionable announcement. The claim made involved a prisoner and money exchange between Iran and the United States. U.S. officials insist that the claim is not true.
The deal announced said that the U.S. would release four Iranian prisoners, plus remove a hold on $7 billion in oil assets. Four Americans accused of being spies would be released by Iran. A United Nations envoy from Iran would not confirm the televised report.
Ned Price, a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, also said that there was no truth to the report. Price insisted that the Biden administration was working to release any and all Americans held on foreign soil, but that unfortunately, this particular report was false.
The Iranian TV report quoted anonymous sources and repeated its insistence on the authenticity of its story. The Associated Press contends that prisoner exchange negotiations are the result of pressure from Congress on the Biden Administration.
White House Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, also said that the story was not true. Adding to the confusion over Iranian policy, are the ongoing and haphazard news from the talks in Vienna to try to return the U.S. to the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal.
National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, attempted to clear up some of the confusion during an interview on ABC News Sunday. Sullivan offered very little encouragement, continuing to repeat how the administration hoped for this and hoped for that. It appears that the Biden Administration's efforts with Iran are full of a lot of hope, but lack substance.
So what exactly is the truth? Between two liars...it's hard to find the truth to be quite honest. We may never know.