Once Stewart made the decision, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which had been handling the case, withdrew all support.
The hostage-negotiation team that had been camped in her living room moved out.
Stewart, working with the Brennan family in Australia,
eventually raised enough money to hire a security consultant from London-based firm AKE to take over the negotiations.
The consultant advised the families that negotiations would take several months and they would have to pay a ransom of around $600,000 each.
His prediction was spot on. Lindhout and Brennan were freed in November 2009.
他的预测完全正确 。林德豪特和布伦南于2009年11月获释 。
Their families ended up in massive debt.
In some cases, US and British hostages have also been freed through dramatic rescues.
On 25 January 2012, US Navy Seals dropped into Somalia
and rescued kidnapped US aid worker Jessica Buchanan and her Danish colleague Poul Thisted, shooting dead nine of their kidnappers.
Officials had decided to launch a rescue because Buchanan had developed a kidney infection,
and they believed her life was in danger.
Negotiations, which were being carried out by a security consultant and monitored by the FBI, were not progressing fast enough.
Most importantly, the US had good intelligence on the hostages’ location and ideal weather conditions for a successful rescue.
Despite such successes, rescuing hostages through military force is not a scalable solution to international hostage-taking.
Only a handful of countries have the military capacity to pull off such a raid, and they are also extremely risky.
According to industry data, either a hostage or a rescuer is killed in half of all rescue operations.
One tragic example was the 2009 raid carried out by British special forces in Afghanistan
that freed kidnapped New York Times reporter Steve Farrell,
but led to the death of a British soldier along with two Afghan civilians.
Farrell’s Afghan colleague, journalist Sultan Munadi, was also killed, possibly shot accidentally by British forces.
These deaths were all the more tragic because private negotiators who were communicating with the kidnappers already had a deal for both hostages’ release.
It was not clear that the British government was ever aware.
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