• This is a partial transcript of "Special Report With Brit Hume," June 30, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.

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    WILLIAM DAUGHERTY, FORMER HOSTAGE: I was very firm in my conclusion, and I said, you know, one of our captors is now the president of Iran.


    BRIT HUME, HOST: Iran’s denials that the new president was a terrorist involved in the hostage-taking at the U.S. embassy in Tehran (search) all those years ago seemed likely to convince no one in the U.S. So what else is known about this guy, and given the way Iran runs, does he really have any power?

    For answers, we turn to Professor Rob Sobhani of Georgetown University, one of whose specialties is Iran and its role in terrorism.

    Nice to have you back.

    ROB SOBHANI, COMMITTEE ON PRESENT DANGER: Thank you, Brit. Appreciate it.

    HUME: So tell me a little bit about this chap and what we know about him, other than the fact that all of these witnesses say yes, there he was, one of the captors?

    SOBHANI: Well, I think there is no doubt that, given his past history, his commitment to the ideology of the Islamic Revolution (search), that he would have participated in an event of the hostage-taking. And I think that the former hostages are probably right in identifying him as one of their captors.

    HUME: What else do we know about him?

    SOBHANI: He was part of the Revolutionary Guards (search) that was instructed to actually carry out political assassinations overseas. So his expertise, really is...

    HUME: This is what he did after the hostage...


    SOBHANI: After the hostages.

    HUME: He was a college student, I suppose, back in those days?

    SOBHANI: Absolutely. Absolutely, part of the Islamic Association.

    HUME: Right.

    SOBHANI: And then he becomes a student, capped the American embassy episode, and then he joins the Revolutionary Guards, as I said, and has a brilliant career, quote, unquote, and actually...