Monday, August 25, 2014

Global Impact: British Ambassador Acknowledges UK "Close" to Identifying Briton Who Beheaded Foley

According to NBC News on Sunday's (August 24) "Meet the Press," British intelligence officials are "close" to identifying the Briton who is known to have beheaded US journalist James Foley in Syria.

Earlier on Sunday, British Ambassador to the US Sir Peter Westmacott said "We're not in a position to say exactly who this is," Sir Peter Westmacott, "but I think we're close."

COMMENT: Ambassador Westmacott said "sophisticated" voice recognition technology was being used to identify the man who appeared in the video, but he also stressed that the threat of British nationals in ISIS goes beyond one killer."

"It’s not just about one brutal murderer," Westmacott said. British intelligence estimates that about 500 Britons have joined ISIS, meaning they have the means to return to Britain or fly to the US with few hindrances. "It is a threat to our citizens," Westmacott said.

A US Department of Justice official had told NBC NEWS earlier Sunday that investigators were using “all of the tools at our disposal” to hold Foley’s killers "accountable."