Barak Barfi, a friend and spokesman for the family of slain American journalist Steven Sotloff, accused the Obama administration Monday of making grossly inaccurate statements, and said so-called Syrian “moderate” rebels had sold Sotloff out to ISIS.
Barfi appeared on “A/C-360” and listed to CNN host Anderson Cooper “a number of inaccurate statements” the White House had made.
“They’ve said that the families have been consistently and regularly informed. That is not true,” he said. “They said that these hostages were moved frequently. We know that for most of the beginning of this part of this year they were stationary.”
During the time the captives were stationary, President Obama dawdled for nearly a month before giving the go-ahead to a plan to rescue Sotloff and the other ISIS hostages, including James Foley, who was executed two weeks previously by the terrorists.
“We know that the intelligence community and the White House are enmeshed in a larger game of bureaucratic infighting,” Barfi continued. “If there continues to be leaks, the Sotloff family will have to speak out to set the record straight.”
Barfi, a foreign policy research fellow at the New American Foundation, also told Cooper what led to Sartoff’s capture.
“We believe that these so-called moderate rebels that people want our administration to support, one of them sold him probably for something between $25,000 and $50,000 to ISIS and that was the reason he was captured,” Barfi said, citing “our sources on the ground.”
Watch the interview, via The Washington Free Beacon.