The Navy 15 have been released, which rather scuppers Mark Wallace's demo outside the Iranian Embassy this afternoon. I must admit I had conflicting emotions while watching the conversations between the Navy personnel and the Iranian President after his press conference. As Tim Marshall, Sky's excellent Diplomatic Editor, put it, they had to do what was necessary, say what was necessary and then get the hell out of there.
It will be interesting to see what the MoD allows the 15 to say publicly when they get back to this country tomorrow. There will be a great media clamour for a full press conference. We should remember that these fifteen men and women are members of the Armed Forces and not celebrities. When this has all died down, they still have an important job to do.