Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post journalist who was recently freed from an Iran prison after 18 months, had some help from a powerful American getting home to the U.S.: Washington Post owner and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Bezos quietly took his private jet to Germany, where he met up with the Rezaian family. Bezos shared dinner with them on Thursday evening at an Army base before flying them back to the U.S.
“Like all of us, he is incredibly happy they are safe and sound,” a Post spokeswoman said of Bezos.
CNN’s Brian Stelter first reported the news.
Rezaian had been imprisoned by the Iranian government for 16 months on several charges, including espionage. He was convicted at an Iranian trial in November but freed this past weekend in a prisoner swap. The Post has long maintained his innocence.
Bezos celebrated Rezaian’s release in a tweet on Sunday.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.