Room For Debate enlists pundits to discuss what her release means. Karim Sadjadpour, an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, thinks that the bad publicity was intentional:
Iran’s hard-liners may have calculated that after four months, the costs of holding on to Roxana Saberi outweighed any continued benefits. After all, there are now many voices in Washington arguing that engaging Tehran’s leadership is an exercise in futility. The Obama administration should understand that this is precisely the conclusion her jailers would like us to draw.