Report: Family of murdered journalist Foley says was 'threatened' by US official over ransom

September 13, 2014 01:17

WASHINGTON - The family of murdered American journalist James Foley says it was threatened by a US official who warned that family members could be charged with supporting terrorism if they paid a ransom to his Islamist captors, ABC News reported on Friday.

ABC News quoted Foley's mother and brother as saying a military officer working for President Barack Obama's National Security Council had told them several times that they could face criminal charges if they paid a ransom.

The White House refused to discuss conversations that the family had with officials, but said they involved people from different government branches, including the White House, the FBI, the intelligence agencies and the Defense Department.

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