Editor’s note: The original video has been taken down by the hosting service. It has been replaced with this AP video.
(CONTENT WARNING: This video has been censored but is still very disturbing, viewer discretion is advised.)
Just weeks after the extremist group ISIS in Iraq killed U.S. journalist James Wright Foley, this second internet video purports to show the beheading of US reporter Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State extremist group. The global terror intelligence firm SITE first reported the release of the video, titled “A Second Message to America,” in which Sotloff, a 31-year-old freelance journalist, speaks to the camera before a cloaked Islamic State fighter decapitates him. “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing,” Sotloff said. “Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life?” The video then cuts to the masked militant warning that as long as U.S. missiles “continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.” He also threatens the life of British captive David Cawthorne Haines. The grim video comes just days after Sotloff’s mother, Shirley, directly addressed the leader of the Islamic State last week, saying her son shouldn’t pay for U.S. government actions in the Middle East and that he cared about the weak and oppressed as a journalist.
Here is a more detailed description of what was in the censored video, via CNN: