It’s hard to trust anything the White House says these days. Check out what the Sotloff’s friend is saying about Steven’s abduction.
Beheaded American journalist Steven Sotloff was not ‘sold’ to the Islamic State by Syrian rebels, the White House said on Tuesday.
‘Based on the information that has been provided to me, I don’t believe that is accurate,’ White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters during his daily briefing.
‘That information does not match the information that I’m currently aware of,’ Earnest claimed, according to the Washington Examiner.
The Obama administration official’s statements contradict a claim made Monday night by Sotloff family spokesman Barak Barfi. Barfi told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that ‘sources on the ground’ had confirmed Sotloff was kidnapped at the Syrian border and sold to ISIS for as much as $50,000.
‘These so-called moderate rebels that people want us, our administration, to support, one of them sold him probably for something between $25,000 – $50,000,’ he said, getting in a dig at other U.S. politicians in favor of backing Syrian rebels, including Republican Sen. John McCain and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
According to Barfi, Sotloff’s name was wrongly included on a list of activists responsible for the bombing of a hospital.
While at the border crossing, Barfi says, someone made a phone call to ISIS, and Sotloff was later apprehended at a fake check point.
The White House said on Tuesday that ‘there is a broad investigation into Mr. Sotloff’s death’ still.
‘We are determined to bring those responsible for his death to justice,’ Earnest added.