Steven Sotloff: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

UPDATE: Sotloff has been murdered in a filmed execution.

Original story below

Steve Sotloff Facebook

Steven Sotloff is the other U.S. journalist shown in the James Foley execution video. In the last moments of the horrifying footage, the executioner says: “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.”

On last reports, Sotloff was being held in Raqqa, Syria. His family were aware that he had been kidnapped but, heeding advice, did not want it to be public.
Here’s what you need to know about Sotloff:


1. Sotloff Is a Nationally Recognized Journalist

Sotloff is a renowned journalist who has worked for Time Magazine, among other outlets, and been a guest on CNN and Fox News. He apparently filed his last piece for Time on November 26, 2012. The piece was about “Libya’s New Crisis.”


2. He Has Been Missing for 12 Months

Sotloff had been missing, believed kidnapped since August 4, when he was taken in Aleppo, Syria. Sotloff, a Miami native, sent his last tweet on August 3, 2013. His second to last tweet was more relevant to conflicts in the region:

A White House petition has been set up to try to force President Obama to do everything in his power to free Sotloff.


3. He’s a UCF Graduate

According to his LinkedIn page, Sotloff is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. He refers to his job as “Traveling Man.” On his Twitter page, Sotloff frequently tweeted about his beloved Miami Heat.

On August 7, 2013, just days after Sotloff was taken, his sister, Lauren, posted this on Facebook:


4. Sotloff Was Based in Libya & ‘Deeply Loved the Islamic World’

His social media posts were largely about the locals and scenery he encountered while working in Libya.

Steve Sotloff Facebook

This photo was posted on Steve Sotloff’s Facebook page.

On his Facebook page, Sotloff wrote that he was living in Benghazi. A friend of Sotloff’s, Anne Marloe, wrote on Twitter that he lived in Yemen for years and that he “spoke good Arabic, deeply loved the Islamic world.”


5. The NSC Has Reacted to the Video

James Foley Video

The National Security Council, reacting to the Foley video, said:

We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of US citizen James Foley by ISIL. The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available.

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Anonymous

This video is such a poor hoax it’s ridiculous. He has a military grade tactical knife and saws it at the throat with ZERO BLOOD. It would take one swipe and he’d already be to the bone, and after several swipes before they conveniently fade to black, there’s nothing on the neck, shirt, or hands of the assassin………He’s entirely too calm, as well. He speaks in terms of knowing he’s destined to die, so why read off the cue cards like they want him to if he knows there’s no chance of surviving. The whole video stinks of hoax to high hell. Stupid americans eat this shit up, though. We’re fucked.

Anon

From what I read (I don’t have the stomach to watch for myself) the full, uncensored video shows that Foley was decapitated and his head placed on his body… This, coupled with the fact that ISIS is one of the most barbaric and ruthless organizations in the world, makes me believe it’s probably not a hoax. There is not much hope for Steve Sotloff, unfortunately…

Anonymous

Hey mister told me , why AMERICA gave weapon to those mfuckahz ? Fo Syria freedom , syria freedom.Now , they killing Iraq people , before they did with Syrians , not ASAD soldiers ,they.
Cuz of you fockin americans

inTexas

Same reason death row inmates choose to speak prior to taking their last breath – hope. Hope never dies.
I didn’t watch the video either & I don’t know if his parents watched; but they may have “listened” to his words … and as a mother, I’m confident enough to say his mother could hear those unspoken words our ears aren’t capable of.
Another life has tragically ended too soon behind a senseless crime. It needs to just stop – REGARDLESS of nationality, the country or leaders. It’s time to just stop!
I cannot wrap my mind around the thought process of someone’s 24/7 ill minded mentality. I can’t.
And what’s the point of pointing fingers? Seriously. Is that suppose to resolve the issue? No. And it never will. The blaming & accusations is doing nothing but adding more fuel to an out of control fire, if not providing ideas that haven’t already been conjured up. It also starts arguments which creates tension amongst ourselves.
History is repeating itself. Same script, different cast. I’m done. Smh.
R.I.P. to all whose life ended bc of any/all types of criminals … xoxo

~Take your Time, slow down. Enjoy Today bc Yesterday is gone & Tomorrow is not promised ~ by C.BG

Anonymous

My Dad told me me many years ago to believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see. It did look phony.

Laura Lee

This young man looks to me like he knew what was going to happen… and he was brave. Look at his face willing to put down weakness and be strong and brave in the face of such evil… and such a horrible murder. I won’t watch the vid. It’s painful to have your neck and throat cut. However… he is a brave young man and this picture of bravery in the face of evil I will remember forever.

Bartet

Did you listen to what he said before he was killed? Not very brave…

T

You realize they must have tortured him to the point of insanity. Where they can make him say anything they wanted. And even if he refused or said what he wanted to say, they would just torture him some more and do another take.

As terrible as it sounds, he may have said what they wanted because he wanted to die and be free from the torture (he was kidnapped for an entire year).

RunningNut

You must fight to the END ALWAYS. You must make your captives know you will not comply when it’s your life on the line. I watched the video and believe this is a CIA PSYOP. Think and be smart my fellow Americans.

whatever

i dare you to repeat that when IS is putting a knife against _your_ throat. also when, as T already said, you were most probably tortured to no end. i’m not going to even comment your ridiculous CIA conspiracy…

OPS

LOOK AT FOLEYS EMPLOYER; NOTHING THEY MAKE REACHES ANY OUTLET OF SOCIAL MEDIA. THE QUALITY OF HIS THE ‘JOURNALISM’ VIDEOS WERE THAT NO HIGHER THAN A 17 YEAR OLD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. HIS NARRATIVE, THE VERBAL DIALOGUE CONTAINED IN THE ITEMS HE MADE WERE A ‘2’ ON A ’10’ SCALE; HE WAS A RANK AMATUER, PORTRAYED AS ‘PROFESSIONAL’ LOOK AT HIS BROTHER AND SISTER, INTERVIEWED BY COURIC, NOTHING BUT SMILES (SISTERS REACTION AND ANIMATED SMILING IS UTTERLY BIZARRE) AND ZERO SADNESS A DAY AFTER THIS VIDEO, THEIR ‘BROTHERS’ GRISLY ‘DEATH’ WAS RELEASED.
A PICTURE LITERALLY FALLS OFF THE WALL DURING THE INTERVIEW….

THE WHOLE THING IS A FARCE

Anonymous

Let all Americans know, we need to go into Iraq and hunt down every Isis weirdo and kill every damned one of them. Or else, gun up here in the USA and be ready to try to protect ourselves here on our land cause they hate us and want us! Hell, there planted here in the USA already! I have my doubts that Mr. O cares about us here in the USA! Boy, it would sure feel good to see OUR President flex his muscle on them! I’d feel alot more secure! I am scarred crap less of ISIS! There coming for us!! Omg! I’d shoot myself first!

Anonymous

Anyone who thinks we should send our soldiers back to Iraq should first volunteer themselves and their children to fight and risk their lives.

OPS

BETTER CHECK YOUR FACTS . ISIS IS THE NAME OF A LARGE PRIVATE MILITARY CONTRACTOR; LIKE BLACKWATER. PROBABLY WHY THE NAME WAS WAS QUICKLY CHANGED TO ISIL . GOOGLE IT IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT

ladini

OPS is the name of a Tin Foil Haberdashery.
GOOGLE IT IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT

Mfish

That’s impossible. We all know torture is not effective. Right?

anonymous

I expect that you would have been bawling like a baby and soiled your pants. Show some respect and dignity if you can muster it.

Drew

not very brave? i would love to see how brave you are after being held captive for over a year physically and mentally tortured, his final words to his family and loved ones being altered to what ISIS wants him to say and then beheaded. have some respect for the family that had to witness the horrific murder of their son. a good man was killed and the comment you have made is not only disrespectful but also inhumane.

Rita

Have you ever been a hostage? No? then you have no clue what you’re talking about. MAYBE they threatened to kill his fellow hostages if he didn’t follow orders. Maybe he was doing it to protect others. You weren’t there so please keep stupid comments to yourself. He’s not brave? What the have you done in your life that is so brave which puts you in a position to judge?

Anonymous

I felt the same way. I had a tears in my eyes when he was speakin. It’s amazing how he chose to be brave while talking, his last msged to everyone including his families. Imagine if he has cried, begged and weakness in the video, he’ll kno his family would see it and be more devastated, so for them I think he stood strong. I still can’t believe it. It’s too sad. If there is a god, help his family recover aND not watch the video.

OPS

LOOK AT FOLEYS EMPLOYER; NOTHING THEY MAKE REACHES ANY OUTLET OF SOCIAL MEDIA. THE QUALITY OF HIS THE ‘JOURNALISM’ VIDEOS WERE THAT NO HIGHER THAN A 17 YEAR OLD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. HIS NARRATIVE, THE VERBAL DIALOGUE CONTAINED IN THE ITEMS HE MADE WERE A ‘2’ ON A ’10’ SCALE; HE WAS A RANK AMATUER, PORTRAYED AS ‘PROFESSIONAL’ LOOK AT HIS BROTHER AND SISTER, INTERVIEWED BY COURIC, NOTHING BUT SMILES (SISTERS REACTION AND ANIMATED SMILING IS UTTERLY BIZARRE) AND ZERO SADNESS A DAY AFTER THIS VIDEO, THEIR ‘BROTHERS’ GRISLY ‘DEATH’ WAS RELEASED.
A PICTURE LITERALLY FALLS OFF THE WALL DURING THE INTERVIEW….

THE WHOLE THING IS A FARCE

Wayne Radous Jr

I agree Laura. Bravery in the face of evil. He’s in a better place now and I’m sure his bravery was strength thru Christ. His Bravery had to be somewhat comforting to his Mom during her worst time in life. He died honorably.

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