NY Times Reporter Escapes After Being Held By Taliban For 7 Months

Pulitzer Prize winner and NY Times investigative reporter David Rohde, 41, was kidnapped 7 months ago while interviewing a Taliban commander for a new book. The Times kept it mum, as did other media outlets, so as not to jeopardize his safety. Yesterday, he and a local reporter kidnapped with him, Tahir Ludin, escaped by climbing over a wall. A Pakistani army scout safely delivered them to a U.S. military base.

The article reads like a novel, but it's all true. And Rohde sounds like an incredibly committed journalist. He was previously captured and held in Bosnian Serb territory while investigating mass graves. "After 10 days of imprisonment, during which he was interrogated relentlessly and deprived of sleep, Mr. Rohde was freed."

He spent three months in Afghanistan in 2001, and from 2002 to 2005, was co-chief of The Times’s South Asia bureau. As for the local reporter with him, [More...]

[He] is now the father of seven children under the age of 8 and the sole breadwinner for an extended family of 17.

The Times reports demands were made for ransom and release of Taliban prisoners, but neither were complied with.

Welcome back, Mr. Rohde.

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    The media silence on Rohde's abduction (none / 0) (#1)
    by wagnert in atlanta on Sat Jun 20, 2009 at 03:09:16 PM EST
    because they feared for his safety contrasts oddly with their stampede to blab embarrassing or dangerous information when it was only troops or diplomats at risk.

    Good thing they (2.00 / 0) (#4)
    by Wile ECoyote on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 06:32:55 AM EST
    are not cheerleaders for Obama.

    He's a civilian and not under (none / 0) (#3)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 20, 2009 at 06:48:29 PM EST
    my authority.  Did he do something illegal that had to be covered up along with his abduction?  Our military is under civilian command.  Our founding fathers did that after witnessing what happened when armed forces weren't under civilian command.  When the military has broken the law the civilians need to know about that!

    not to worry wile, (none / 0) (#5)
    by cpinva on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 11:25:27 AM EST
    Good thing they are not cheerleaders for Obama.

    they aren't. the nyt's (along with the wp) has been firmly in the republican camp for a good 20 years now, in their zeal to prove they aren't part of the "hated" "liberal" media.

    with such as maureen dowd (seriously in need of heavy medication) and frank rich, they've been pounding on democrats, and only democrats, since clinton was campaigning. heck, they still think clinton is president, since they allowed bush to blame everything bad on him for the past 8 years.

    so have no fear buddy, they are not friends of obama.