From a straight faced Washington Post :
Lawyer: Iran sets $500,000 bail each for 2 American ‘hikers’
The associated article:
TEHRAN, Iran â€” An Iranian court Tuesday set bail of $500,000 each for two American men arrested more than two years ago and convicted on spy-related charges, clearing the way for their release a year after a similar bail-for-freedom arrangement for the third member of the group, their defense attorney said.
On what planet does the WaPo reside? They put the scare quotes around the word hikers, but not the word bail. The two hikers have been convicted. The supposed purpose of bail is to ensure that the defendants appear in court. In this case, there are no defendants, only two convicts
For what Iran is asking, and what she appears to getting, and what the WaPo is attempting to hide in ransom. Essentially Iran has kidnapped two Americans and successfully held them for ransom. Crime does pay.