25 Million Euros for a Whistleblower? Help #OpFOQ Rescue Two Dozen Hostages

Twenty-five lives are at stake.

In less than a week, #OpFOQ has learned more than any other interested party has learned about two dozen hostages kidnapped in December 2015 in Iraq in more than eleven months. #OpFOQ is a campaign to focus attention on this mass kidnapping, to force the government of Iran to divulge what it knows about the whereabouts and health of the Qatari hostages, and to earn the freedom of the hostages.

On March 27, #OpFOQ learned that at least one of the hostages is still alive and published this information along with a photograph. This represented the first break in the case since two hostages were freed in April 2016.

On March 29, the #OpFOQ campaign published a Tweet without clarification that further established that it is acquiring information about the hostage situation. It read: “We have learned of a persistent rumor that a Qatari national maybe behind the kidnappings. Our intel suggest this is entirely false.” No further comment has been posted on Twitter and no elaboration has been publicly offered to journalists.
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#OpFOQ Fights on, Despite Attacks

“Some of these … U.S. Anons have spent the last 24 hours trying to make sure that an Anon op fails. Its name is #OpFOQ.”—a statement from Raymond Johansen, #OpFOQ’s public coordinator, March 28, 2017

In the last twenty-four hours, #OpFOQ has come under fire. #OpFOQ is a campaign to focus attention on a mass kidnapping in Iraq, to force the government of Iran to divulge what it knows about the whereabouts and health of two dozen Qatari hostages, to bring this case to forefront of the world’s consciousness, and to earn the freedom of the hostages.

Raymond Johansen, #OpFOQ’s public coordinator, released this statement to The Gad About Town an hour ago, which I run verbatim:
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Hossein Ronaghi Freed on Bail

Visibly weaker after a 38-day hunger strike, Iranian blogger Hossein Ronaghi was released on bail yesterday, May 4. According to the web site Journalism Is Not a Crime, the bail “300 million tomans (about $100,000) pending a review of his case.”

Since his return to prison in January, Iranian blogger Hossein Ronaghi’s health has deteriorated to the point that he was taken to outside clinics on at least two occasions, according to reports on Twitter, but he was not been admitted to a hospital because prosecutors (not doctors) have determined that his condition is not serious.

The blogger’s medical condition is serious: arrested in December 2009 and in and out of prisons since, one kidney has shut down and the other requires immediate attention.

(Below the fold is my post from March 30: “We are His Voice: Hossein Ronaghi.” I will post more as I learn it.)
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