Britain's defense secretary said Wednesday that he regretted the decision to allow sailors and marines who were held captive in Iran to sell their stories to the media.
Des Browne said in a television interview that the original decision was made by Navy officials who were aware that media organizations were already offering large sums to the families of the detainees.
"I was uncomfortable with the decision but I accepted the analysis," said Browne, who reversed the decision on Monday.
Browne said Navy officials believed it was in the interest of the returning sailors and marines "to have the opportunity to tell their story to counteract the propaganda that the Iranians were putting out."
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