Iranian media releases video of detained US sailor crying

Iranian media releases video of detained US sailor crying

Iranian state media has released new video and photos that appear to show a U.S. sailor crying while being detained last month.

The footage is sure to enrage U.S. lawmakers who have criticized the Obama administration’s handling of the incident.

"This administration's continued silence is shameful and dangerous,"  Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE (R-Ariz.) said in a written statement Wednesday. "The failure to affirm basic legal principles and the refusal to defend the character and reputation of those sailors places all American service members at greater risk."

The video and stills, which are also being shared on social media, show an unidentified U.S. sailor with red eyes wiping his eyes with a tissue.

On Jan. 12, two Navy riverine boats carrying 10 sailors strayed into Iranian waters after what the Pentagon has called a “navigational error.” Iran detained the sailors for 16 hours.

The administration has painted the incident as a win for diplomacy because the sailors were released quickly.

But Obama’s critics have decried that characterization, saying the incident shows how Iran has been emboldened by the recently enacted nuclear deal.

Iran previously released photos and video that showed the sailors kneeling with their hands behind their heads, as well as a sailor apologizing for going into Iranian waters.

Critics said Iran embarrassed the United States by releasing the propaganda and have slammed Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryLobbying world Kerry: Trump not pursuing 'smart' or 'clever' plan on North Korea Tillerson will not send high-ranking delegation to India with Ivanka Trump: report MORE for thanking Iran for treating the sailors well. 

Kerry and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter later both said they were angered at the earlier footage that had been released.

“I was very, very angry at it,” Carter said at a press briefing in late January. “To see our guys in that situation on Iranian TV, that's really not okay.”

-- Updated at 2:46 p.m.