WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Friday denied threatening the family of executed reporter James Foley with prosecution had they raised a ransom for his release, insisting the government did everything possible to bring him home.
Foley’s mother, Diane, had told US media her family was warned they could be charged if they had tried to raise the money to free their son.
“We were just told to trust that he would be freed somehow, miraculously,” Foley’s mother said on CNN. “And he wasn’t, was he?”
Spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House had been “in regular touch with the Foley family” to give updates and to communicate that the captured reporter’s “return and his rescue continued to be a priority of this administration.”