Foley's employer publishes email to family from IS

Washington - The online news publication that employed slain US journalist James Foley has published the full text of the email to his family from his Islamist militant captors in which they said they would execute him in retaliation for US airstrikes.

Boston-based GlobalPost said on Thursday the Foley family had agreed to release the email that it received from Islamic State a week before the video of his execution was released on Tuesday.

The publication said it chose "to publish it in full in the interest of transparency and to fully tell Jim's story. We believe the text offers insight into the motivations and tactics of the Islamic State".

Foley was beheaded by the group in an act shown in a video released in which Islamic State called for the United States to end its airstrikes in Iraq.

The email addressed as "a message to the American government and their sheep-like citizens," said: "You were given many chances to negotiate the release of your people via cash transactions as other governments have accepted".

The group added that it also offered prisoner exchanges for "Muslims currently in your detention".

Instead, the note added, "now you return to bomb the Muslims of Iraq once again, this time resorting to Arial attacks and "proxy armies", all the while cowardly shying away from a face-to-face confrontation!"

Asserting that the United States did not spare women, children or the elderly, the group added: "We will NOT spare yours!"

The email ended with a declaration that Foley "will be executed as a DIRECT result of your transgressions towards us!"

Highlighting what it called inaccuracies in the email, GlobalPost said the Foley family "was not 'given many chances to negotiate' for Jim's release".

"After more than a year without contact, the Foleys received their first message from Jim's captors on 26 November 2013, asking for money, fast," the publication added.

"After the militants had proved to the Foleys and investigators that they were in fact holding Jim, they made their sole demand for a ransom of €100m or the release of unspecified prisoners held by the United States," it said.

The Foleys did not hear back until the threatening email this month, GlobalPost said.

The family passed the message on to the US government, GlobalPost's chief executive, Phil Balboni, said in an interview earlier on Thursday, adding that the FBI helped craft a response, pleading for mercy.

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David Van Schalkwyk 2014/08/22 08:30:06 AM
I do not think that IS were actually looking at negotiations more to cover their a$$ because they knew all along that they were going to execute him weather they received the money or not... Asking a family for 100 Million Euro is a ridicules amount of money. that 90% of families will not have... Then the release of unspecified prisoners should be directed to the government not the family as they will have no say in that matter... Either way IS would know that the US does not negotiate with terrorists...
Web Perfect 2014/08/22 08:38:05 AM
They are just Islamic scum - From the deepest long drop pit. They need to be exteminated like the vermin that they are.
Marlene Black 2014/08/22 09:09:51 AM
To be made to pay a ransom for the release of a lived one throws suspicion on the intentions if the kidnappers. If it was purely a trade of prisoners, that's another matter entirely.
PointBlank 2014/08/22 10:07:54 AM
Cowardly confrontation? So you cut off the head of an unarmed journolist?
Louie Walshe 2014/08/22 10:23:57 AM
This is all a marketing tactic to sell war to the populace. It was never about ransom. IS knew it wouldn't stop air strikes by the US, the release of this video by IS is merely an escalation tactic by warmongers. Chuck Hagel's statements last night on the situation wraps up the marketing tactic perfectly. Expect the sale of war to go full retard as from now. IS is sick, the US is just as sick. People are merely pawns in the global power and wealth acquisition game. Choosing sides is EXACTLY what TPTB want from the people, and are achieving this with great success.
James Uknow 2014/08/22 10:41:58 AM
I find that groups like ISIS are not only goog in recruiting extremist ,but also successful in creating fear and hatred between religious groups ,I even started to believe some of the hatred spewed on this site towards all muslims ,and I also saw hatred from some muslims towards other religions increasing ,while my beliefs are differant than muslims I would be ignorant to judge all because of a few ,I have many christian role models and I also have muslim neighbour who I see as a role model and both him and his wife are very religious ,they are not only kind ,but have never spoken bad or judged my or others religion ,while I might not agree on some principles of Sharia Law and will speak out about it ,how can I believe that all muslims are the same ,knowing this not to be true ,can we please stop using derogatory terms from both sides about peoples religion
Ryan Alexander Smith 2014/08/22 10:44:12 AM
what kind of ransom is EUR 100 million ???????? they trying to go for a world record?????
James Johnston 2014/08/22 10:48:21 AM
Islam will be the single greatest challenge for the next generation. So much blood is going to be shed... It was a mistake ever letting muslims through western borders
Jaco En Tertia Herbst-Fourie 2014/08/23 03:46:21 AM
Have never heard of IS before watching the video today. After today, will never forget them and the examole they made of him. Cant imagine how his parents must feel, very upsetting and I dont even know him. A true gentleman till the end. RIP Foley. I hope your death was not in vain.