Phil Balboni, the CEO of the online international news company GlobalPost, spoke to Fresh Air today about the hostage and brutal execution of journalist James Foley (above). Foley was covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria at the time of his kidnapping. Balboni tells Terry Gross about the communication he had with Foley’s captors:
“The original demand from the captors was November of 2013. At that moment we’d never had a communication from Jim, and we’d never had an official “proof of life,” as it’s called. During that communication with the kidnappers, they offered us the opportunity to get proof of life, and the Foleys drafted a series of questions that only Jim could answer. They were extremely difficult — obscure family events that only Jim could know. When those proof-of-life questions came back answered correctly, perfectly, it was a hair-raising moment for all of us because we knew definitively, with certainty, that we were dealing with the people who were holding Jim.”
-“I would not trust Thranduil, the great king…to honor his word, should the end off all days be upon us! You, who lack all honor! I have seen how you treat your friends.”♒ ♕
Hope you have a great day! I know it is not the best of circumstances with being back home and another semester of college looming, but I am sure you will make the most of it. Keep living with eyes wide open and fearlessly!
Timendi causa est nescire - Seneca
obamainstripes replied to your post “Hey! Glad you got home safely. I can only imagine how hard it was to leave though. I just wanted to say I really enjoyed your posts and pictures from this summer and I’m so glad you had a great time!! What an amazing experience! I hope it won’t be too difficult to readjust to the majesty and wonder that is Pennsylvania. :p”
Aww happy birthday!!!
thanks! i bought a huge bottle of scotch in heathrow so i obviously have big plans to drink it alone and weep.
thank you. today is my birthday so it’s bittersweet — i’m devastated to be home, glad to be 21, and dreading going back to school. but it’s one more semester and then i’m working toward getting back to london.