Steven Sotloff’s Friend: Family Was “Bullied” By White House

This is beyond shameful. Barak Barfi, a friend of beheaded journalist Steven Sotloff, says the White House did next to nothing to rescue Sotloff from ISIS, and “bullied” the family when they tried to save their son.

Speaking to “CBS This Morning,” Barak Barfi said that the Sotloffs received a cold shoulder from the White House after Steven’s capture in 2013.

“We never really believed that the administration was doing anything to help us,” he said. “We had very limited contact with senior officials.”

Co-host Gayle King asked if the family had tried raising money for ransom. Barfi said that all attempts to do so had been discouraged by the US government, which has a policy of not paying ransom for hostages. He also alleged that a representative of the National Security Council had “bullied and hectored” the Sotloffs in a meeting.

And the Sotloffs aren’t alone. James Foley’s mother gave an extremely similar account on September 11, saying she was “embarrassed and appalled” by the Obama administration’s response to their son’s plight. She said her family often had better information on Foley’s whereabouts than the U.S. government, and that they had to provide the FBI with updates–not the other way around. To add insult to injury, they treated the Foleys as an “annoyance” and threatened to prosecute them if they paid ransom.

I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but something is starting to stink around here. Either the government was completely incompetent when it came to rescuing these journalists, or something more sinister is going on.

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