Posted by Curt on 9 September, 2014 at 10:28 am. 3 comments already!


Ed Morrissey:

Last night, CNN offered a chilling lesson for war correspondents in terrorist-laden regions — your sources may see you as a commodity rather than as a vehicle for telling their stories. A spokesperson for the family of Steven Sotloff told Anderson Cooper that ISIS paid other rebels in Syria as much as $50,000 to hand over the man they later butchered on video for propaganda purposes, after getting tipped off that he had crossed the border. It ended up being a double-cross:

The family of slain American hostage Steven Sotloff believes ISIS paid as much as $50,000 to rebels who alerted the militant group that the journalist had entered Syria, a spokesman told CNN.

The family had learned from “sources on the ground” that a member of a moderate rebel group reached out to ISIS, Barak Barfi told CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ on Monday.

“Somebody at the border crossing made a phone call to ISIS, and they set up a fake checkpoint with many people,” Barfi said. “Steve and his people that he went in with could not escape.”

It’s not just a lesson for journalists, but also for the US government about the nature of so-called moderate rebels in Syria:

Barfi said the tipster was one of “the so-called moderate rebels that people want our administration to support.”

The Sotloffs are unhappy with the Obama administration for the way it handled the abduction, although Barki didn’t get into specifics. All he would say was that the Sotloffs didn’t get much cooperation from White House officials, and that the relationship was “very strained”:

“Once Steve appeared in that video, the Sotloff family made one simple request of the administration — and they were rebuffed on that,” Barfi told CNN. He declined to elaborate on the request, citing the safety of those who are still being held hostage.

He said the relationship between the Sotloff family and the White House was “very strained.”

“We do not believe they gave us the cooperation (the family needed),” he said.

That sense of betrayal goes beyond just a rebuffed request. They have grown angry over the specific revelations being leaked, and claim that the information is being spun between the White House and the intelligence community, and they want it to stop. If it doesn’t, Barki issued a warning to both sides:

Read more

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x