An American photojournalist who managed to escape al-Qaeda captivity in Syria five years ago claims the FBI betrayed him and that agents put intelligence gathering ahead of his safety.
Matt Schrier, now 39, was taken hostage by Jabhat al-Nusra, a militant group aligned with al-Qaeda, while he traveled through Syria back in December 2012.He claims he was tortured and beaten by Syrian rebels who accused him of working for the CIA and imprisoned him in dark cell for seven months until he managed to escape. Following his return to the US, Schrier said he started investigating his abduction and claims to have uncovered a pattern of ‘betrayal’ from the FBI agents assigned to his case.
Schrier is now asking hard questions of former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who now leads the special counsel Russia probe, and former FBI Director James Comey who was fired by President Trump in May 2017.
Matt Schrier told Fox News that after he escaped from Al Qaeda in 2013, he investigated his kidnapping and is now accusing the FBI of “betraying” him.
“Not every FBI agent is bad. Some are very good people,” Schrier said. “But the ones that are bad need to be weeded out. And the ones who let them be bad, and who turn their head, need to be exposed.”
While he was tortured and held by al Nusra, the brutal Al Qaeda franchise in Syria, Schrier claimed the FBI put intelligence gathering ahead of his personal security, hoping to track the computers and tablets to learn more about Al Qaeda recruits and future plots. After his harrowing escape, Schrier started demanding answers from the FBI, which at the time of his kidnapping was led by Mueller.
Schrier wants answers from the FBI agents who handled his case, and especially Robert Mueller, who was the director of the FBI during his captivity. Mueller now leads the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.
“I emailed them,” Schrier says, “between my mother my father and me, between fifty and a hundred complaints.”
James Comey took over for Mueller at the FBI in 2013, but Schrier says that they continued to stonewall him and not answer his demands.
“I was demanding answers from him, and I never got anything back,” Schrier explained.
Schrier says that the government slipped up and admitted they were monitoring his financial accounts, but did nothing to help him. He said that he helped the government as much as he could after he escaped, but they did not help him.
“What I got in return was lies, betrayal, nothing,” he concluded.
Here’s the video of Schrier’s accusations: