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Mother of killed James Foley felt like "annoyance" to US government
Diane Foley said her family was warned it would be charged if it tried to raise ransom money to free James.

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THE MOTHER OF executed US reporter James Foley said she felt her son’s case was an “annoyance” to the US government.

In an interview aired yesterday with CNN, Diane Foley said her family was warned it could be charged if it tried to raise ransom money to free their son.

The family was also told no prisoners would be exchanged for Foley, nor would the government take military action, the mother said.

The family was told not to go to the media and “trust that it would be taken care of.”

“As an American I was embarrassed and appalled,” Foley said.

Journalist Slain Ransom AP / Press Association Images James Foley AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

“I think our efforts to get Jim freed were an annoyance” to the US government, she added.

It didn’t seem to be in our strategic interest, if you will.

The 40-year-old freelance reporter’s death was revealed August 19 in a video released by Islamic State militants, in which he is seen being beheaded.

IS said his killing was in response to US air strikes against it. A week later it released another video showing the beheading of another American journalist, Steven Sotloff.

Foley had covered wars in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria and contributed to GlobalPost, Agence France-Presse and other outlets. He was seized by armed men in northern Syria in 2012.

“Jim would have been saddened. Jim believed to the end that his country would come to their aid,” Foley said.

“We were just told to trust that he would be freed somehow, miraculously,” Foley’s mother said. “And he wasn’t, was he?”

- © AFP, 2014

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