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Frida Ghitis is a world affairs columnist for The Miami Herald and World Politics Review, and a former CNN producer and correspondent. Follow her @FridaGhitis. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.
(CNN)Early this year, an unmarked airplane flew to Iran, its belly filled with a most unusual load: mountains of cash. U.S. officials had gone to great lengths to collect $400 million and then ship it, stacked high on cargo pallets, as payment to the Iranian government. At almost exactly the same time, Iranian security operatives released four American prisoners, including The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian.