MOSCOW, September 14 (RIA Novosti) – The parents of the American journalist, James Foley, who had been executed in Syria, said that the US government had not informed them of the actions taken to save their son from captivity, WMUR-TV channel reported Sunday.
"It was always, 'Your son's situation is the highest priority. We're doing everything we possibly can, and we can't tell you," that is how representatives of the US government replied to any questions about James Foley, according to the father of the murdered journalist. Also, Foley's parents added that they tried to begin raising money for the ransom, but were threatened with a criminal case.
Earlier this week, Diane Foley, the mother of the journalist, said she was "embarrassed and appalled" by the US government's attitude towards her son's case. Diane Foley said that before the beheading, President Barack Obama's administration told her family not to inform the media about the situation and that "the government would not exchange prisoners", or engage in "military action" in order to free her son. She also stated that her son "believed, till the end, that his country would come to (his) aid".
Foley went missing in Syria in November 2012 while covering the country's civil war. On August 19, the IS released a video of him being beheaded by a militant with a strong British accent.
The IS called Foley's death revenge for US airstrikes against militants in Iraq and warned that Sotloff, who had been kidnapped in August 2013, would be the next hostage to be killed if the attacks continued.