September 17th, 2014

Man kidnapped by ISIS with Steven Sotloff tells CNN U.S. government never interviewed him about abduction

In a report that first aired on Erin Burnett OutFront Tuesday, CNN’s Karl Penhaul (@karlpenhaul) talks to Yosef Abobaker about the ISIS fighters who abducted him and American journalist Steven Sotloff in Syria in August 2013. Abobaker, who was working as Sotloff’s fixer, was eventually released while Sotloff remained in captivity until his beheading  earlier this month.

When asked whether U.S. officials tried to interview him about their abduction, Abobaker says nobody reached out to him to discuss his experience.

“Nobody tried to contact me and I tried to help. Nobody come to me and ask me any questions from the (U.S.) government…Nobody contact me or ask me about their conditions. And they can find me – it’s easy. But no, nobody tried to contact me.”

Abobaker