State Department says Americans freed in Libya

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Posted: Aug 24, 2011 6:24 PM
State Department says Americans freed in Libya

The State Department says that all American citizens known to have been detained in Libya have been released.

A State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, said in a statement Wednesday that the families of those detained have been notified of their freedom and welfare.

Nuland says the U.S. government isn't providing additional details for safety and privacy reasons.

Nuland says the U.S. continues to work with a variety of contacts to provide assistance to those who may require it. The Hungarian Embassy in Tripoli is serving as the protecting power for the U.S.

The State Department spokeswoman also says that U.S. officials have been in contact with those Americans in the capital of Tripoli who have alerted officials to their presence.