January 21, 2006


Report says ransom money found on Osthoff (Reuters, Jan 21, 2006)

Part of the ransom money alleged to have been paid by the German government to win the freedom of Iraq hostage Susanne Osthoff last month was found on Osthoff after her release, the German magazine Focus said on Saturday.

Without citing its sources, Focus said officials at the German embassy in Baghdad had found several thousand U.S. dollars in the 43-year-old German archaeologist's clothes when she took a shower at the embassy shortly after being freed.

The serial numbers on the bills matched those used by the government to pay off Osthoff's kidnappers, the magazine said.

There can't still be anyone left who hasn't figured out that these people are just facilitating the funding of the "kidnappers'" organizations by their own governments, can there?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 21, 2006 7:31 PM

Given the fecklessness of the German government, my guess is she's never even going to have to give her share of the ransom money back, let alone be tried for fraud by Germany, who'd then have to admit they were scammed into a releasing a terrorist convicted of murder (though it would be nice at least if the family of Robert Stethem could find some way to make Osthoff pay at least some sort of monetary damages if she never ends up going to jail).

Posted by: John at January 21, 2006 7:54 PM

Kidnapping, hell! this was the old Patty Hearst con job all over again--a staged kidnapping to spring the bad guy and induce the German government to finance the insurgency. Osthoff was just getting her fair share of the proceeds of the scam.

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 21, 2006 9:26 PM

This is a time when I wish swearing was alowwed here! ^%%^$%$$#@#$@$)

Posted by: Genecis at January 22, 2006 12:49 PM