RealNews

Ex-U.S. Diplomat Paid Ransom in Trinidad

A former U.S. diplomat said Friday that he paid a ransom of $1,000 for the release of his teenage son from kidnappers. The 18-year-old was seized Dec. 17 near the family’s home in an upscale suburb of the capital, Port-of-Spain, said Randy Depoo, a former political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Trinidad. The kidnappers originally sought nearly $32,000 in ransom but released the youth within hours of the abduction for the lower amount, Depoo told The Associated Press. “My son is doing well, considering that he was a victim of kidnapping,” Depoo said. “It’s too early to say if the incident will have any kind of psychological effect on him.”Full Story

OODA Analyst

OODA Analyst

OODA is comprised of a unique team of international experts capable of providing advanced intelligence and analysis, strategy and planning support, risk and threat management, training, decision support, crisis response, and security services to global corporations and governments.