Found blowing down the warm streets of Tehran not far from the airport where the hostage deal was completed, this new piece of evidence has raised questions about the negotiating tactics of the American government.

When pressed for a response, a State Department spokesman replied, “It’s obviously a hoax. No one would charge that much for an Adele CD anymore.”

“This wasn’t some nefarious deal,” Obama said.

It’s been interesting to watch this story surface,” the president said. “Some of you may recall, we announced these payments in January. Many months ago. There wasn’t a secret, we announced them to all of you.”

“What we have is the manufacturing of outrage on a story that we disclosed in January,” he added later.


“The notion that we would somehow start now in this high-profile way, and announce it to the world, even as we’re looking in the faces of other families whose loved ones are being held hostage and say to them, ‘we don’t pay ransom,’ defies logic,” Obama said.