American Who Escaped Al Qaeda: FBI 'Wronged Me', Lied to My Parents During Captivity
An American photojournalist who was captured by Al Qaeda in Syria recalled his escape and accused the FBI of failing to do everything it could to secure his release.
Matthew Schrier was taken hostage in 2012, beaten, tortured and held in a cell until he escaped and returned to the United States in 2013.
Schrier is now asking hard questions of former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who now leads the special counsel Russia probe, and former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by President Trump in May 2017.
"Not every FBI agent is bad. Some are very good people," Schrier told Fox News. "But the ones that are bad need to be weeded out. And the ones who let them be bad, and who turn their head, need to be exposed."
While he was tortured and held by al Nusra, the brutal Al Qaeda franchise in Syria, Schrier claimed the FBI put intelligence gathering ahead of his personal security, hoping to track the computers and tablets to learn more about Al Qaeda recruits and future plots. After his harrowing escape, Schrier started demanding answers from the FBI, which at the time of his kidnapping was led by Mueller.
"I can prove it," Schrier told Martha MacCallum on "The Story."
Schrier said he escaped his tightly secured cell by playing with the tension of the supports of badly re-welded prison bars.
He said that, until he finally escaped, Al Qaeda forced him to turn over his financial information, with which they purchased dozens of computers and software.
Schrier said the FBI was monitoring the transactions and were apparently "fooled" by the fact the terrorists paid off his Discover card.
Upon his return, Schrier was given low-quality health care which he said is the type the government provides illegal immigrants, including a psychiatrist who cancelled several appointments on him.
The FBI issued the following statement on his claims, which are detailed in a new book, "The Dawn Prayer":
The FBI's investigation into the kidnapping of Matthew Schrier remains open; therefore, we are not able to discuss investigative details surrounding this case. The FBI fully supports the work of the agents and victim specialists who have remained consummate professionals in working with Mr. Schrier. Since his return home, we have worked with our partners in the U.S. government to provide Mr. Schrier with a full range of services and guidance to help him rebuild his life, as we do for all victims; however, it is at the discretion of the victim to accept and implement these resources. We continue to work with our interagency and international law enforcement partners to gather intelligence and assess the possibility of bringing charges against those who victimized Mr. Schrier.