Very Hot News Daily (VHN Daily) - The Islamic State group released a video Thursday of British freelance journalist John Cantlie, in which he says he is being held captive after being kidnapped by the group after arriving in Syria in November 2012. Cantlie, wearing an orange jumpsuit, speaks to the camera in the style of a news report and promises to reveal in a series of programs the “truth” about the jihadist group that has seized parts of Iraq and Syria.
Speaking in English with Arabic subtitles, Cantlie says in the 3:21-minute video titled “Lend Me Your Ears,” that he plans to reveal “the truth behind the systems and motivation of the Islamic State.”
“Over the next few programmes, I am going to show you the truth as the Western media tries to drag the public back to the abyss of another war with the Islamic State,” he says.
“Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking: ‘He’s only doing this because he’s a prisoner he’s got a gun at his head and he’s being forced to do this,’ right?
“Well, it’s true. I am a prisoner, that I cannot deny. But seeing as I’ve been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State I have nothing to lose.
“Over the next few programmes I’m going to show you the truth as the Western media tries to drag the public back to the abyss of another war with the Islamic State,” he continues.
“After two disastrous and hugely unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq why is it that our governments appear so keen to get involved in yet another unwinnable conflict?”
“I’m going to show you the truth behind the systems and motivation of the Islamic State, and how the Western media – the very organisation I used to work for – can twist and manipulate that truth for the public back home. There are two sides to every story – think you’re getting the whole picture?”
“And I’ll show you the truth behind what happened when many European citizens were imprisoned and later released by the Islamic State, and how the British and American governments thought they could do it differently to every other European country.
“They negotiated with the Islamic State and got their people home, while the British and Americans were left behind.”
“It’s very alarming to see where this is all headed and it looks like history repeating itself, yet again. There is time to change this seemingly inevitable sequence of events, but only if you, the public act now.
“Join me for the next few programs, and I think you may be surprised at what you learn,” he concludes.
Cantlie, believed to be 43, is a former reporter for The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph.
It was not clear when the video was shot, but in it Cantlie referred to recent events including IS taking control of large parts of Iraq in June.
Cantlie’s whereabouts are currently unknown but it is likely he is being held in Syria where other hostages US journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and UK aid worker David Haines, were murdered in IS’s de-facto capital of Raqqa.
He was previously kidnapped in Syria in July 2012 with Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans by a group of 40 extremists and were reportedly discovered and set free nine days later by men they took to be part of the rebel Free Syrian Army.