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.

EPIC MISTAKE! Justice Dept. staffer accidentally calls wrong office – Issa’s – asks them to leak IRS docs to media!


Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!

Success! Thank you for donating. Please share BPR content to help combat the lies.
Richard Berkow


We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.


Scroll down for non-member comments or join our insider conversations by becoming a member. We'd love to have you!

Comments are closed.

Latest Articles