The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British man who identifies himself as a journalist and says he is a prisoner of the extremists.
In a slick, three-minute video shot with three cameras, the man identified himself as John Cantlie, a photojournalist who worked for publications including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph. He said he came to Syria in November 2012 and was subsequently captured by the Islamic State group.
The group which now controls roughly a third of Syria and Iraq has beheaded two U.S. journalists and a British aid worker, and has threatened to kill another British hostage. Cantlie’s name has not been mentioned among foreign hostages held by the group before, apparently because of a media blackout.
The British government declined to comment on the video.
The just over three-minute long clip released Thursday by the Islamic State group’s media arm, Al-Furqan, was different than previous videos.
Entitled “Lend me Your ears,” it is previewed as the first in a series of lecture-like “programs” in which Cantlie says he will reveal “the truth” about the Islamic State group.
Wearing an orange T-shirt and sitting behind a desk, he criticized the war on the Islamic State group and said he and other British and U.S. hostages have been abandoned by their governments.
No Islamic State fighters appear in the video.
When you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas. What these barbarians are doing is truly abhorrent, but I don’t understand why these “aid workers” or journalists risk their lives by going to these places. Some things just aren’t worth the personal price. And if you think this poor man really believes this baloney he is parroting….