British Ambassador: ‘We Are Close’ To Identifying Foley’s Killer

Published: August 24, 2014

British Ambassador: ‘We Are Close’ To Identifying Foley’s Killer, The British ambassador to the U.S. said Sunday that intelligence officials are “close” to identifying the man with an apparent British accent who beheaded American journalist James Foley in a video released by ISIS militants earlier in the week.

“We’re not in a position to say exactly who this is,” said Sir Peter Westmacott on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” but “I think we are close.” The ambassador said “sophisticated” voice recognition technology was being used to identify the man who appeared in the video, but Westmacott also stressed that the threat of British nationals in ISIS goes beyond one killer.

“It’s not just about one brutal murderer,” Westmacott said. British intelligence estimates that about 500 Britons have joined ISIS, meaning they have the means to return to Britain or fly to America with few hindrances. “It is a threat to our citizens,” Westmacott said.

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