A spokesman for the family of murdered journalist Steven Sotloff claimed Monday night that Sotloff was sold to the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) by Syria’s “so-called moderate rebels.”
Sotloff family spokesman Barak Barfi, a foreign policy research
fellow at the New American Foundation, made the startling claim in an
interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
And the family is not exactly happy with President Lightbringer, either:
Barfi then turned his ire toward the Obama administration for making “a number of inaccurate statements.”
“They’ve said that the families
have been consistently and regularly informed. That is not true,” he
claimed. “I speak now only from the Sotloff family. I can’t speak for
the other families. They said that these hostages were moved frequently.
We know that for most of the beginning of part of this year they were
stationary. We know that the intelligence community and the White House
are enmeshed in a larger game of bureaucratic infighting and [murdered
journalist] Jim [Foley] and Steve are pawns in that game and that’s not
Barfi even threatened to
reveal more damning information about the Obama administration’s
handling of the situation if the administration didn’t stop leaking
details of Sotloff’s captivity to the press.
“If there continues to be leaks, the Sotloff family will have to speak out to set the record straight,” he said.
From the sound of that, they need to speak out in any case, as this record is anything but straight.