We May Have Sean Penn to Thank for Release of Two UC Berkeley Hikers

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According to NBC News, the actor-turned-activist flew all the way to Venezuela to placate his homey Hugo Chavez, who, in turn, encouraged Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to release UC Berkeley grads Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who spent more than two years in prison for alleged espionage. Anyone who watched clips of Penn's amazing derring-do in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, or saw his on-screen depiction of former US diplomat Joseph Wilson, wouldn't doubt it for a minute.

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