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3 Americans Held in Colombia: No Rescue

Three American defense contractors kidnapped by Colombian rebels pleaded in an interview for authorities to negotiate their release and not risk a rescue, saying they would likely die in the attempt. The interview by a Colombian journalist was the first since the men were captured after crash-landing their plane in the jungle-covered mountains of southern Colombia in February. “I don’t want to die. I don’t want anybody dying trying to get me out of here,” Keith Stansell, one of the captives, said in the interview, which was taped in July but will get its first public airing Wednesday when it is broadcast by the CBS program 60 Minutes II. In the interview, Stansell, from Georgia, sits next to Thomas Howes and Marc Gonsalves, who are from Florida. They wear camouflage uniforms that match those of the armed rebels who surround them in what looks like a cramped wooden shed. The kidnapped men have no visible injuries. Full Story

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