Diane Foley, mother of beheaded journalist James Foley, appeared on CNN to speak with Anderson Cooper about the lack of action from the White House in the (botched) rescue of the journalist.
She recalled how the government was playing catch up to the work the Foley family was doing in gathering intelligence on their son’s possible whereabouts, but also threatened to prosecute the family if they attempted to raise money for the ransom of their son.
“I think our efforts to get Jim freed were an annoyance [to the government],” Mrs. Foley said to Cooper. “It didn’t seem to be in the strategic interest, if you will.”
“We were told we could not raise ransom, That it was illegal, we might be prosecuted. …I was horrified, horrified.”
Foley went on to say that they knew for “more than a year” the location of their son; but when the time finally came to rescue her son, the White House’s attempt was “late, very late.”
“It was frightening. We tended to know everything before the FBI or anyone else,” she said, “because we did everything we could. I went to Europe several times to interview the European freed hostages just so I could find out… but the FBI used us for information.”
One tidbit to remember is while Foley and another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, were both being held hostage [and both later beheaded], the Obama administration did negotiate for a prisoner exchange of five notoriously deadly Gitmo prisoners for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl. The hypocritical administration will negotiate known terrorists for a prisoner swap, but cannot rescue a journalist? Odd.
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