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W.H. Unaware of Report that Sotloff May Have Been Beheaded by ISIS



Josh Earnest

Name: Josh Earnest

Employment: White House

Position: Special assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary

The White House, Washington, D.C.

Name: The White House, Washington, D.C.


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MILLER: “Hi, Josh. On the reports right now that ISIS/ISIL has beheaded the second American journalist Steven Sotloff, I was wondering if the administration has seen these reports, as it happened just a few minutes ago, and do you have initial reactions to that?”
EARNEST: “I’ve not seen those reports today, Zeke, that may just have happen in the last few minutes while I’ve been standing up here. This is something that the administration has obviously been watching very carefully since this threat against Mr. Sotloff’s life was originally made a few weeks ago. Our thoughts and prayers, first and foremost are with Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Sotloff’s family, and those who worked with him. The United States, as you know, has dedicated significant time and resources to try and rescue Mr. Sotloff. I’m not in a position to confirm the authenticity of that video or the reports at this point obviously, since I just walked out here, but if there is a video that has been released, it is something that will be analyzed very carefully by the U.S. government and our intelligence officials to determine its authenticity.”
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