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Freed Washington Post Reporter Tweets Photo of Himself Enjoying Quintessential Taste of Home


“Never been so happy to see a photo of a guy eating a burrito.”

In this photo April 11, 2013 file photo, Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran. (AP/Vahid Salemi)

It had been about 19 months since he posted his last tweet.

On Saturday, freed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian took to Twitter to share a photo of himself enjoying one thing he likely did not have while in Iranian captivity — a burrito.

Sporting a Golden State Warriors cap, Rezaian held a burrito in his hand while the spread on the table in front of him included tortilla chips and Cholula hot sauce (“Original” flavor).

The look on his face seemed to radiate joy now that he’s free after more than 500 days in captivity in Iran.

Rezaian thanked those around the world who contributed to efforts to free him, giving a special shout-out to boxing legend Muhammad Ali Last year the athlete called on the Iranian government to free the Post's Tehran correspondent.

Famous chef Anthony Bourdain re-posted Rezaian’s restaurant photo and noted that he’s “never been so happy to see a photo of a guy eating a burrito.”

About a month before he was taken captive by Iranian authorities, Rezaian met with Bourdain in Iran when the chef and travel correspondent was shooting an episode of his CNN show “Parts Unknown.”

The Washington Post repeatedly emphasized that Rezaian was innocent and denied the Iranian accusation that he had engaged in espionage.

Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl in November called Rezaian’s imprisonment “an injustice” and his trial and sentence “a sham.”

“He has done nothing wrong,” Jehl said, adding that Iran had "produced no evidence of wrongdoing."

Rezaian was released last month as part of a mutual release of prisoners from Iranian and U.S. prisons.

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