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Slaying of James Foley revives debate on paying ransom to terrorists
Slaying of James Foley revives debate on paying ransom to terrorists

On Nov. 26, 2013, a year after James Foley was kidnapped in Syria, his parents and his employer received an email in English from his captors. They offered to prove that the American journalist was alive by giving his family the chance to ask three personal questions. The answers came back, all correct. “That was such an incredible moment,” Philip Balboni, president of GlobalPost, the online news organization that had hired Foley, said Thursday. “This gave us hope that we could negotiate his release.” But the next email came with a ransom demand: $132 million, or release of several prisoners held by U.S. authorities. The Foleys and GlobalPost began to...

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