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Jun 23, 2015 5:52 PM

Families of US hostages - like NH's James Foley - will not face prosecution for paying ransom

WASHINGTON, D.C. -The Obama administration is set to announce that families of American hostages will not face prosecution if they communicate with the captors or pay ransom money.

This comes after families, like NH journalist James Foley’s, said they were threatened by the U.S. government if they attempted to raise money to pay ransom in order to save their loved ones.

James Foley became the first American citizen to be killed by the Islamic State when he was captured and beheaded in Syria in August 2014.

Foley grew up in Wolfeboro, NH and was working as a freelance war correspondent when he was abducted.

The entire guidelines on U.S. hostages is being released tomorrow.

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