Wednesday, 03 September 2014 - 15:45
White House confirms authenticity of ISIS video showing beheading of reporter
The White House has confirmed that an Internet video purporting to show the beheading of American reporter Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State extremist group is authentic.
"The U.S. Intelligence Community has analyzed the recently released video showing U.S. citizen Steven Sotloff and has reached the judgment that it is authentic,"National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement released early Wednesday."We will continue to provide updates as they are available."
President Obama paid tribute to Sotloff during a join press conference with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, calling him a "devoted, courageous journalist" and describing the manner of his death as a "horrific act of violence." Referencing Sotloff's family, Obama said,"today,our country grieves with them."