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Iran hostage-taker: 'We were the WikiLeaks of our day'

Iran's vice-president and environment minister, Massoumeh Ebtekar, speaks to an AFP journalist during an interview in the capital TehranThe Iranian students who stormed the US embassy in 1979 and released thousands of secret CIA documents were the WikiLeaks of their time, their former lead spokesperson has told AFP. Every year on November 3-4, Iran celebrates the 444-day siege of the embassy when more than 50 diplomats, staff and spies were taken hostage by Islamist students demanding the extradition of the shah, who had fled to America after being deposed a few months earlier in the Islamic revolution. Massoumeh Ebtekar is now Iran’s vice-president and one of its most recognisable politicians, feted globally for her work as head of the environment department.

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