Botched: U.S. Unaware Hostage Was Set for Release


yemen1The U.S. did not know that the release of South African hostage Pierre Korkie was imminent when it led a raid on the Yemen-based terrorists holding him and American Luke Somers captive. The Gift of the Givers, a South African humanitarian group, had been in talks to secure Korkie, a 56-year-old teacher.

U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard said the U.S. was “unaware of ongoing negotiations that had any resolution” and it was “not altogether clear” to him that the South African government was aware of the talks either. Korkie and Somers were killed during the botched U.S.-led rescue mission on Shabbos.

“We were just completely unaware of those developments and had to act hastily,” said Gaspard. Read more at ABC News.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. Jimmy Carter was being jealous that Bambi was gaining ground over him as worst prez in recent memory so BamBam messed this up so he can, hands down (punn intended) win over Mr. Peanut-head farmer.