‘We Were Told We Might Be Prosecuted’ for Ransom Payment: Foley’s Parents Go ‘On The Record’
Tune in tonight as the parents of beheaded journalist James Foley go “On The Record” for the first time together.
In the sneak peek above, John Foley discussed mulling a ransom while his son was in captivity. He said that he and his wife asked for donations in hopes of negotiating a ransom to get their son home.
“We were told that we might be prosecuted. Big deal. I’d rather be in a prison here than my son being in a prison over there. Nobody’s ever been prosecuted for doing that. We were under a great deal of duress and at that point we really had no misgivings. If that was the only avenue open to us, we were going to take it.”
Yesterday, Foley's brother told "The Kelly File" that the government threatened his family and got in the way of their efforts to free Foley before he was beheaded.
The White House would not comment on communications with the Foley family, but said U.S. policy is that we do not pay ransom to terrorists. U.S. officials also say it is illegal for U.S. citizens to pay money to terrorists.
The feds have previously said that the U.S. tried to rescue Foley this summer, but failed.
Don’t miss this exclusive interview on tonight’s “On The Record” at 7p ET.