White House denies family’s claim Sotloff was ‘sold’ to ISIS by ‘US-friendly moderates’

White House press secretary Josh Earnest denied that murdered American journalist Steven Sotloff was sold by moderate Syrian rebels to ISIS, as claimed by a family spokesman.

As Bizpac Review reported Tuesday (“Sotloff family spokesman blasts administration”), Barak Barfi told CNN that he had learned from “sources on the ground” that Sotloff had been abducted by supposedly U.S. friendly rebels and immediately handed over to ISIS for $25,000 to $50,000.

In his Wednesday briefing, Earnest took issue with that account. “As it relates to the specifics of the matter, based on the information that has been provided to me, I don’t believe that is accurate. But I do know at the same time that this is the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation,” he said. “They are looking into all aspects of this, including how Mr. Sotloff may have come into the hands of ISIL.”

However, if the FBI’s pursuit of the murderers resembles that of their hunt for the killers of four Americans in Benghazi two years ago, then the Sotloff family indeed will appreciate justice delayed is justice denied.

Earnest did admit that vetting Syrian opposition rebels was a difficult undertaking, but that intelligence officers had “made a lot of progress.”

When contacted by NBC News, the FBI spokesman had no comment on the affair.

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3 thoughts on “White House denies family’s claim Sotloff was ‘sold’ to ISIS by ‘US-friendly moderates’

  1. chevymon77 says:

    Have been noticing, and its not much, but, there is some significance to this ….why is it this nest of snakes in washington insist, even all but correcting media, to refer to ISIS as ISIL ?

    1. Lore Bennion says:

      L is for Levant,something to do with the way the country s are situated,look it up on Google under Levant

  2. Grumpy says:

    One reason Obama’s in trouble over Islamic State is because many of his Moderate Syrian Rebels Now make up the core of ISIS..

    A year ago he, John McCain and (cough) war hero John Kerry boasted about how carefully the State Department had vetted Obama’s Good Syrian Rebels.

    Every Intel agency in the world, warned that the Free Syrian Army was 70& or more Islamic Radicals.. Apparently believing information from a good looking female lobbyist, Kerry and McCain swore that only about 25% of the Good Rebels were Jihadists. McCain even flew to Syria for a photo opt with the supposedly vetted good rebels. Islamic State is now waving the photo all over the Middle East… two of the people in the picture were IS operatives..

    Even so, and in spite of the stories about the atrocities the “Good Rebels” had committed, Obama continued to finance and arm them..

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