(CNN) – The family of James Foley is speaking out about the communications they had with their son’s captors, and whether they believe the U.S. could have done more to save him.
James Foley’s family says it received six e-mails from his captors during the year-and-a-half he was held.
The militants at one point demanded more than $130-million for his release, according to the president of Global-Post, the news agency Foley worked for.
Until last week, Foley’s family had heard nothing for almost a year. Then an e-mail arrived, saying, “He will be executed as a direct result of your transgressions towards us!”
Foley’s parents had sent “multiple messages” to his captors, hoping to engage them.
According to the president of Global-Post the family appealed to the captors to show mercy, saying James Foley was an innocent journalist and showed great empathy for the Syrian people. He says they told the captors they had no control over the actions of the U.S. government. One expert says the family was right to engage the captors.
“I would have said ‘Tell me what I can do. Ask me to do something that I can do. You’re in charge. The decision for what happens to James is completely your decision. You’re completely in charge. Give me something to do that I can do.’ And that is actually a great test to find out whether or not the other side is negotiating in good faith.”
The Global-Post CEO says he tried to raise money, but says there was never any true negotiation between his news outlet and Foley’s captors. Now, new questions are emerging about the failed special-operations raid to rescue Foley and other Americans. Pentagon officials say they revealed the mission because several news outlets were about to report it. Some experts say that disclosure might compromise other rescue missions.
“For one thing any hostages in Syria now will be dispersed among several sites, they’ll be more heavily-guarded, they may even be wired for demolition- and death if any sort of rescue attempt is made in the area.”
In an interview with Yahoo News, Foley’s brother says he wishes the United States had done more.
“The thing I am frustrated by the United States could have done more on behalf of the western American hostages over there and still dealt with the broader worldwide issue.”