It appears the UK government has decided not to rescue British war photographer and correspondent John Cantlie, who was abducted in November 2012, in Syria, by ISIS. Beginning in late June, information on Cantlie’s location, including transport vehicle was provided to U.S. agencies by an operative who is now with BLACKOPS Cyber, a private intelligence agency.
Everything was in place for the rescue of Cantlie, in Mosul, Iraq, but, according to BLACKOPS Cyber Chief Intelligence Officer Ed Alexander, it was canceled before it could begin. “A British agency involved in the exfiltration of the hostages said they weren’t really interested in getting him out,” Alexander said, indicating that he was paraphrasing the response that had been passed down to him.
Alexander elaborated, saying that U.K. intelligence services believe Cantlie has turned sides, and is now loyal to ISIS. Cantlie’s location, near a church in the Al Shurta neighborhood, was in Mosul within the area of regional operations under the watch of U.K. forces. Further, Cantlie is a U.K. citizen, “so we didn’t have a dog in this fight,” Alexander said. “We as Americans couldn’t go in there, step on their toes, and say we as Americans are going to do this for you,” he explained. Read More