Diane Foley told CNN she was “embarrassed and appalled” by the Obama administration’s efforts to free her son James Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded by an ISIS militant last month.
“As an American, I was embarrassed and appalled,” she told Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview. “I think our efforts to get Jim free were an annoyance. Jim would’ve been saddened. Jim believed until the end that his country would come to their aid.”
She went onto explain the instructions her family was given by the Obama administration. “We were asked to not go to the media, to just trust that it would be taken care of,” she said. “We were told we could not raise ransom — that it was illegal, we might be prosecuted.”
“You were told you would actually be prosecuted?” Cooper asked.
“Yes, that was a real possibility — told that many times,” Foley responded. “We were told that our government would not exchange prisoners, would not do a military action. So we were just told to trust that he would be freed somehow. And he wasn’t, was he?”
The New York Post reported that Steven Sotloff, the other American journalist brutally beheaded by ISIS, was sold to the Islamic State.
“We believe these so-called moderate rebels that people want our administration to support — one of them sold him probably for something between $25,000 and $50,000, and that was the reason he was captured,” Barfi said, citing “sources on the ground,” a Sotloff family spokesman said.
It is feared that James Foley might have suffered the same fate.
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