|By BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , JAMES GORDON MEEK (@meekwire) and RHONDA SCHWARTZ (@rhondaABC)||Sep 12, 2014, 8:31 AM|
Obama administration officials repeatedly threatened the family of murdered journalist James Foley that they might face criminal charges for supporting terrorism if they paid ransom to the ISIS killers who ultimately beheaded their son, his mother and brother said this week.
"We were told that several times and we took it as a threat and it was appalling," Foley's mother Diane told ABC News in an interview.
She said the warnings over the summer came primarily from a highly decorated military officer serving on the White House'sNational Security Council staff, which five outraged current and former officials with direct knowledge of the Foley case also recounted to ABC News in recent weeks.
"Three times he intimidated us with that message. We were horrified he would say that. He just told us we would be prosecuted. We knew we had to save our son, we had to try," Diane Foley said.