Sean Penn had hand in release of American hikers held in Iran 

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Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal emerged from captivity in Iran with many people to thank for their release, including Hollywood actor and Bay Area resident Sean Penn. Penn had traveled to Venezuela to raise the plight of the hikers with President Hugo Chavez, an ally of the Iranian government who lent his support, according to a person close to the family.

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