This exclusive extended interview with former CIA Station Chief Gary Berntsen looks at the strategy behind the recent release of videos showing the beheading of two Americans, the most recent of Miami, FL journalist Steven J. Sotloff.
Isabel Kershner from the New York Times reports, “The beheading of Steven J. Sotloff, the American journalist from Miami who had been held hostage by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, suddenly loomed larger for many Israelis on Wednesday when it emerged that he held Israeli citizenship and had lived and studied in the country for a few years.”
On three separate occasions, Gary led the CIA’s most important counter-terrorism deployments including the United States’ response to the East Africa Embassy bombings and the 9/11 attacks and the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Gary is one of the CIA’s most decorated agents receiving awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal in 2000 and in 2004 the prestigious Intelligence Star (only a few dozen CIA officers have received this award-most posthumously).
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