Sotloff, failed by US, was sold for $25k-$50k, family says

Spokesman claims location of Israeli-US journalist was given by ‘moderate’ rebels at Turkey-Syria border to IS; accuses Obama administration of using hostages as ‘pawns’

By Spencer HoThe Times of Israel

The spokesman for the family of murdered American journalist Steven Sotloff accused the US government Monday of using hostages in Syria as “pawns,” and revealed that Sotloff’s location was sold to the Islamic State jihadist organization by “moderate” rebels for $25,000-$50,000.

Sotloff, a dual Israeli-US citizen, was killed by IS terrorists in a video released online last week. He was kidnapped on August 4, 2013, after crossing into Syria from Turkey.

Barak Barfi, a spokesman for the family, told CNN that other rebels at the border alerted Islamic State terrorists that Sotloff had crossed into the country, selling the tip for between $25,000 and $50,000.

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