The family of James Foley had critical words for the government’s handling of his case, with the murdered journalist’s brother telling Fox News the Obama administration threatened him when he tried to raise funds for his brother’s release from ISIS — the terrorist group that beheaded him in an Internet video that shocked the world.
“They were actually an impedance,” Michael Foley told FNC’s Megyn Kelly of the U.S. government’s role in rescuing his older brother, a photojournalist who was kidnapped by ISIS militants in northern Syria in 2012 and held captive for 21 months before he was executed by the terrorist group.
U.S. policy does not allow for government negotiations with terrorist organizations or ransom payments for Americans kidnapped by them. Foley, however, said the administration made it difficult for the family to privately raise funds on its own to secure his brother’s release.
James Foley’s Dad: ‘We were told we might be prosecuted’
Sep. 12, 2014 – 0:28 – OTR Sneak Peek: John Foley, father of murdered journalist James Foley, tells Greta government officials told him and his wife they ‘might be prosecuted’ if they mulled paying ranson for their son’s release. #JamesFoley