April 13, 2006

BY THE COMPANY YOU KEEP (via Brad S):

Exclusive: Jill Carroll Middle Man Says Kidnappers Demanded $8 Million (ABC News, April 12, 2006)

The man behind Jill Carroll's release tells ABC News in an exclusive interview that kidnapping the American journalist was a mistake. Sheikh Sattam al-Gaaod reveals what it took to free her — and why he supports the resistance.

Al-Gaaod was one of three people specifically thanked by Carroll's family after her release.

"They are defending their country," he said in an interview at his summer house outside Amman, Jordan. "They are an honest resistance. And sometimes they do mistakes."

One mistake, he said, was kidnapping Carroll. Al-Gaaod said he used his influence to help free her... [...]

Al-Gaaod said he believes attacks on U.S. troops are justifiable because the Americans are occupiers, but he calls attacks on civilians criminal.

The editor of the Christian Science Monitor said today he was unaware of any ransom payment paid by anyone.


Contrary to the hysteria of some folks, you can be glad that she was released without being so naive as to believe the official story. Given the series of examples, it wouldn't seem that controversial to observe that if you support the ends of the Sunni terrorists and facilitate a transfer payment to their cause you're more likely to be released unharmed than if you work for the reconstruction effort.

MORE:
Kidnapped Reporter Had Unlikely Friend (The Boston Channel, April 13, 2006)

We're learning more about the road to freedom for kidnapped reporter Jill Carroll, who was released two weeks ago.

It turns out the former hostage from Massachusetts had an unlikely friend behind enemy lines.

NewsCenter 5's Mary Saladna reported that there were three people Carroll's family specifically thanked for her safe return when she was released from her captors, one of them a sheik who was once one of Saddam Hussein's closest business associates. He says he's now one of the proud leaders of the Iraqi insurgents.

"They are defending their country and they are honest resistancy and sometimes they do mistakes," he said.


Unlikely?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 13, 2006 12:29 PM
Comments

I would imagine Al-Gaaod probably talked to the hostage takers in roughly the same tones that Anita Morris talked to Bill Pullman in "Ruthless People."

Posted by: John at April 13, 2006 3:40 PM

Is there any evidence of a payment?

Or was she released because of her political affinity with the terrorists?

Posted by: Pepys at April 13, 2006 5:48 PM

Neither speaks well does it? Both is devastating.

Posted by: oj at April 13, 2006 5:51 PM

Point taken.

Posted by: Pepys at April 13, 2006 6:07 PM

May as well just come right out and say it: you were right.

Posted by: Noel at April 13, 2006 8:30 PM
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