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Ed Morrissey

August 27, 2014


After the butchery committed on James Foley by ISIS, the release of journalist Peter Theo Curtis from the clutches of Jabhat al-Nusra came as a pleasant shock — perhaps no more so than to Curtis himself. He made a brief media appearance today to express his overwhelming gratitude to those who worked for the last two years to win his freedom, and expressed his wonder at the goodness and kindness of his fellow Americans:




Curtis then explained that he needed to stay out of public view for a while in order to re-bond with his family, and therefore would be giving no interviews or taking any questions in the near future. At that point, the assembled journalists predictably began shouting questions at Curtis, to which he offered a gentle rebuke. “I’m one of you,” Curtis said, explaining that he wanted to help them “do your jobs,” but asked them again to respect his need to assimilate back into normal life. As he concluded his statement, several of them offered him congratulations on his freedom instead.



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