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Roxana Saberi eying multi-million dollar interview?

Roxana Saberi

Press TV - Freed Iranian-US reporter Roxana Saberi says she will soon expound on the espionage charges that led to her four-month long detention in Iran.

Saberi, who arrived in the Austrian capital of Vienna with her family on Friday, said that she would recount the time she spent in jail and the hunger strike she staged to protest her eight-year sentence.

"Nobody knows more than I and I will talk about all that in a few days," said the Saberi. "I know you have many questions, but I need some more time to think about what happened to me."

The 32-year-old journalist walked free on Monday after an Iranian court reduced her prison sentence to a suspended two-year term.

Her father Reza Saberi said the family would depart for the United States in a few days.

Saberi says her visit to Austria is merely to 'relax and calm down', but sources familiar with her case told believe that she is there to sell her story in a 'multi-million-dollar exclusive interview' with an undisclosed magazine.

A dual US-Iranian national, Saberi was arrested in January for working with an expired press card in Iran. She was later charged with spying for the government of the United States.

Her lawyer Saleh Nikbakht has said that the espionage charges were filed after revelations that Saberi had copied and kept a "confidential Iranian government document" at the expense of Iran's security interests.

Iran's intelligence Minister, Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejeie, has rejected Saberi's claims that she did not intend to hand the restricted documents it to another government and only intended to use them for a book she was writing on Iran.

Mohseni-Ejeie maintains that Saberi was guilty as charged. "The verdict shows that she has not been acquitted, she was put on trial and it was established that she had committed an offence," he said.

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