According to a leaked cable, two Canadian diplomats that were taken hostage in Niger two years ago ended up being released, after a ransom was paid.
The cable is from
2009, and was released by Wikileaks, and according to Wikileaks, an official from Libya told the U.S. Ambassador in Tripoli that the two diplomats from Canada were released after a ransom payment was made.
The cable was written weeks after the diplomats were relased. The two diplomats were taken hostage by al-Qaeda's North African wing in 2008, but no details about how much the ransom was paid or who may have paid it have was released.
According to the cable,
the foreign minister in Libya complained that the ransom money helped the terrorist group get even stronger.
A source did say that a country in Europe paid the ransom, and the ransom was five million euros. The cable also suggested that the terrorist group is expanding their influence in North Africa and the Saharan belt.
One of the freed diplomats is in the process of writing a book that is based on his ordeal. The diplomat said
that he too is not being informed about the circumstances of his release.
The freed diplomat gave a speech in Ottawa recently, and talked about the threat that al-Qaeda poses to the world.