White’s mother, Joanne, told Iranwire, an online news site run by Iranian expatriates, her son planned to come home on July 27, via the United Arab Emirates, but never boarded his flight.
White added her son had visited Iran “five or six times” to see his girlfriend.
White said she did not know if any charges had been filed, but she told The New York Times that before his visit, he suffered from medical conditions including undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment for a neck tumor.
“All I know is that he is alive and they were putting in a request for a consular visit by the Swiss,” she told Iranwire.
She said the Swiss consular visit reported speaking to two other former prisoners in Iran who said they had encountered White while incarcerated in the city of Mashhad.
White told The New York Times that she had filed a missing persons report after her son failed to return and had been in contact with the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security about the case. However, those agencies only told her in December that her son was being held in an Iranian prison.
“In addition to White, Iran is also known to be holding Xiyue Wang, an American graduate student. Wang had been held for almost a year before Tehran disclosed his detention. Two other naturalized US citizens, businessman Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer, are being held there.”
“The US has also asked Tehran for information about Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who disappeared while in Iran in 2007.”’
Under the former administration, the US received some jailed citizens, but also released several Iranians in what many people considered an unfair ‘agreement.’
Also, reports show that the Obama administration also compromised the security of a number of assets in the country.