Ledeen And The Mullahs

A reader asks a good question:

You missed the key implication in Ledeen's post.  He is saying -- about as close to explicitly as possible -- that Reagan gave Iran something in exchange for the release of the American hostages in 1980.  Yes, his specific example is from Iran/Contra.  But he insists there were no exceptions; Iran never gave up hostages without getting something in return.   This is in obvious contrast to the mythology that the right has built up that Iran was afraid of Reagan; it is not inconsistent with speculation of an October Surprise that has been part of conspiracy theories on the left.

Tell us, Mr. Ledeen, what was that something that Reagan gave Iran in 1979/80?

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