State Department spokesperson Lee McClenny staunchly defended the department's priority to see to the health and safety of all U.S. citizens whenever they travel outside the country.
'It has nothing to do with the color of anyone's skin,' McClenny said. 'If someone has that blue passport -- the U.S. passport -- we take it as our highest responsibility to protect Americans anywhere they may be in the world.Further, McClenny
noted, 'No government has a better record of caring for its people outside its country.'
The area in which the three were found is also known to be one of the most dangerous places in that region, according to McClenny
...State Department spokesman Lee McClenny reacted angrily to Apesanahkwat's allegation.
"Any suggestion that the U.S. government aided or abetted or encouraged the kidnappings or the murders is preposterous," McClenny
also said the U.S. has not provided counter-insurgency funds to Colombia
for many years.
It does provide counter-narcotic training and assistance, which is carefully monitored so that it is not used for counter-insurgency purposes, he
The Menominee tribe is demanding a congressional committee inquiry into State Department
actions in Colombia
, according to a release from the tribe.
Apesanahkwat said he
was active in attempting to negotiate the release of the hostages as soon as he
heard of the capture.