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Former hostage: FBI sacrificed to keep track of my security terrorists
Escaped to Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists in Syria, Matt Schrier tells The story of “” why he is upset about the FBI’s handling of his case and accused the Bureau of misleading his family.
EXCLUSIVE – After he escaped from Al-Qaeda in Syria, American photojournalist Matt Schrier examined his own abduction, and revealed, what he describes as a pattern of the “betrayal” of FBI agents handling his case.
Schrier is now the question difficult, the questions former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who now runs the special counsel Russia probe, and the former FBI Director, James Comey, who was fired by President Trump in may 2017.
“Not every FBI agent is bad. Some are very good people,” Schrier told Fox News. “But those who are poor, must be discarded. And those who let them be bad, and who turns the head, must be suspended.”
In an exclusive cable interview that aired Monday on “The story” with Martha MacCallum, Schrier went in-depth exchange of E-Mails, financial documents, and formal letters of complaint, backed up allegations that, after he was taken hostage in 2012, the FBI monitored his accounts, as the Al Qaeda terrorists used the money for the purchase of at least a dozen computers and tablets.
While he was tortured and held by al Nusra, the brutal Al-Qaeda franchise in Syria, Schrier claimed that the FBI put information gathering prior to his personal safety to follow in the hope that computers and tablets, you can learn more about Al-Qaida recruits and future plots. After his harrowing escape, Schrier demanded answers from the FBI, which was at the time of his kidnapping led by Müller.
Photojournalist Matt Schrier, seen, before his abduction in 2012.
Since his return to the United States in mid-2013, Schrier shared documents with Fox News and expalined, “I faxed, I emailed you, between my mother and my father and me, between 50 and 100 complaints.”
Comey took over from Müller in September 2013, and Schrier, said the blockade policy pursued. “Was I E-Mail him questions. I was forwarding him all of these E-Mails. I was demanding answers of him,” said Schrier. “And I never got anything.”
Schrier said he has no credit cards, or you can open a new bank account, because Al-Qaeda to identify steel, and passwords. Not a lease for an apartment, Schrier said his FBI case manager suggested that he lives temporarily in New York City homeless shelter.
“I have clean clothes and no bed bugs. I don’t want to go through a situation where I do bugs have with lice and bed again. Like, no, thank you.”
The publisher for Comey’s forthcoming book, A Higher loyalty, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ questions. The office of the Special Counsel referred to Fox News to the FBI. The FBI has not denied Schrier account. An FBI spokesman said the office could neither answers to specific questions, the agent assigned to the Schrier case, available for an interview.
“The FBI investigation of the kidnapping of Matthew Schrier, remains open, therefore, we are not able to discuss, investigating details around this case. Not, the FBI works closely with Federal partners to ensure that the US government is doing everything possible to recover in order to secure Americans hostage overseas, but also help victims, having been deceived, or abused by a hostage-taker,” the spokesman said.
Schrier said the blockade policy continued after James Comey, seen here, took over the FBI.
A leading group, which helps to hostages, America and your family, as a hostage, the United States, confirmed in 2012 and 2013 represented a dark time.
“The US government according to his own admission, there were many problems in relation to their engagement with the families at this time of mixed messages from different parts of the government,” hostage-US-CEO Rachel Briggs Fox News said. “President Obama ordered a review of the U.S. government in dealing with hostages” cases at the end of 2014, the… led to a series of policy and procedural changes. The review came to be largely because the families themselves were vocal in his criticism, and you should take the credit for the changes it has brought about.”
Briggs cited a new hostage Recovery-Fusion-cell-a cross-government unit focused cases, the hostage, and a hostage response group of the National security Council.
Schrier’s history began in the year 2012 as a freelance photographer, he traveled to Syria. To use one of the most dangerous places on the planet for journalists, Schrier said, he wanted to witness the history.
“I love military history, and I’m not really the type who wants to take pictures, shake hands. So I thought it would be a great experience, witnesses to history, photography, history, bring it back,” Schrier explained.
Robert Mueller, seen here, served as the FBI Director at the time, Schrier was kidnapped.
On New Year’s Eve of 2012, instead of crossing back into Turkey, Schrier was kidnapped by the Al-Qaeda franchise, known as al-Nusra. “ISIS from pushing them, but at the time they were the number one,” said Schrier. “They were to be held the boys, you don’t want.”
Schrier spent held in the next seven months, in six prisons in Syria where he was tortured was routinely starved to death. “You caught me, tried to escape, one month and six days, put a tire around my knee and secure by moving the bar in the crook between the tire and your knee — the back of your knee. And they turn you over so that your feet are in the air, and you tied up… And you can take a cable… about as thick as a stick, and beat your feet.”
Six weeks after his disappearance, records post by Fox News showed 10 computers were purchased, about its accounts, according to Schrier said his Al-Qaida captors threatened to kill him. “They put me in the office in a circle with the emir, three Canadians and one other man. And you put a piece of paper in front of me and said basically, ‘Writes all the passwords for every account you have, from Facebook, to their credit cards to their bank accounts, we want your social security number.'”
At least two tablets were delivered to a Canadian address. Fox News telephone numbers called, the name and address, but there was no answer. February 2017 E-Mail post by Fox News from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police suggested that a criminal case has been built, but there was no public evidence charges were pursued.
February 2013, Schrier said that the terrorists had anything to steal his identity. “They bought tablets and laptops, which they bought, they bought shoes, you know, to fight things. They constructed practically parts for a Mercedes. I mean, all sorts of stuff… she bought a Kama Sutra guide. You bought sunglasses, Cologne.”
At the same time, Schrier, the FBI claimed was the monitoring of the transactions, and the office is the contact person for his family, agent Lindsey Perotti, misled his mother. Six months into his captivity, the FBI agent Schrier’s mother wrote, “Everything seems to be at this point, a note to the fact he is the one with his cell phone, credit card and bank-account.” Despite working as a freelance war photographer, Schrier written had all of the new work.
“I was kept in the dark for a very long time, I am infested with bugs,” said Schrier. “But, according to the FBI, I speak to people on my phone, I buy laptops and Cologne, and to get the boots and sunglasses, maybe in Turkey once in a while, to get away from the things, you know, just like all the jihadists do, you know. ‘Cause, which is in the South of Turkey, like the Hamptons, you know?”
Matt Schrier, left, in Azaz, Syria.
Schrier, of New York, hid the fact that he was Jewish from his captors, because he said, it meant certain death.
Two intelligence officers, one current, the other former, told Fox News that Schrier theory — that the FBI was tracking Al-Qaeda, the online activities with his accounts, as well as the computer purchases-suggested it was part of a larger operation.
“So you are monitoring my financial records right off the bat. Let you you steal the money. Why are you let the money to steal, what is the angle? Now, what will you buy? You can buy laptops and tablets. If you catch it, you do your little spy thing, and then deliver them directly into the hands of Al-Qaeda and the create, basically, a dream, for the intelligence community, a way to infiltrate into the enemy like never before, without knowing it,” said Schrier.
He claimed the FBI, the priority of an intelligence operation, not an investigation to secure his release, was carried out. Pressed by Fox News to back up the serious allegation, Schrier said, “beyond a reasonable doubt, I have all the evidence, I’ve made one attempt after another to have this investigated so that those responsible are held accountable, no one will return my calls, no one will investigate this, in spite of all the evidence.”
Halfway through his captivity, until April 2013 there was a conversation between the FBI agent Perotti and an official familiar with the case.
“He is faith, ‘that he joined them? Like, what’s going on?” She’s like, ‘no, no, no. We’re pretty sure that he won’t join ’em, based on his financial records.’ Boom, you slipped. She admitted that she was the monitoring of my financial records from the beginning of April,” said Schrier.
An officer secured the account of Fox News.
Schrier said the “bad” FBI agents “are discarded. And those who let them be bad, and who turns the head, must be suspended.”
Almost five years after a harrowing escape, Schrier documented his story in a new book, “The morning prayer.”
The 39-year-old Schrier said he remained angry at the way the feds handled his case. “You know, what I needed help with was the restoration of life for me, that means a new social security number, and the reconstruction, and my credit card.”
Schrier stressed that he still does not have a credit card, to win even though he was able to eventuallly more than $16,000 in funds stolen by PayPal and Citibank, but it took months. “You have the witness protection program, they give new social security numbers, murderers and pimps and drug dealers. I am a witness, and I did nothing to the stuff. “No — you can’t help.'”
After he returned, Schrier described in a short report for the FBI and CIA. The CIA had no comment for Fox News.
“I gave you more information than probably 50 informants’ em could have been ‘. And that’s when I went from feeling like, ‘well, I deserve it all,’ that, ‘you know what, yeah, yeah I deserve some things. I deserve a new social security number, which I deserve good health care, I deserve to be treated with respect.’ I have not asked for anything. I gave you Skype name, I gave you more than anyone else in my situation has ever existed. I can say that the definitely. And what I got back was lies, betrayal, nothing,” said Schrier.
An FBI spokesman added: “The FBI provides support to the victims, to help them with rebuilding their lives. We continue to work with our inter-to collect institutional and international partners, law enforcement intelligence, as well as the assessment of the possibility of an indictment against those who, as a victim, Mr Schrier.”
Catherine Herridge is an award-winning chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, DC she covers intelligence, the justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as the London correspondent.