Transcript for Negotiating With Terrorists: The Price of Making Deals
They are still very much interest -- cash. They see this as a way to finance I suppose some of their operations prices have gone from. You know a few 100000 dollars up to the millions who we were we were fortunate. And to work with very brave. Intermediaries. Who -- we worked closely with who had a lot of credibility with some of the local commanders and that's how we were successful. But I can tell you. That we also. Weren't working with governments on multiple levels I think it's very important for people to understand what the United States position is. And -- -- the United States position is that they don't deal with. Terrorists and they will not pay ransom to terrorist for the release of -- hostage. But that does not preclude me as a private citizen or -- global -- ABC news or anybody. From engaging in private discussions. To gain the safe release. One of their employees. One of the things -- items that's not been discussed and all this discussed we've had about whether or not we should pay ransom. Is that journalist or humanitarian workers whomever they are. -- reached its ability not only to their organizations. To their families. Not to put themselves in harm's way.
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