An American and Australian professor kidnapped by the Taliban last August have appeared in a new video calling on President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to negotiate their freedom by releasing Taliban prisoners.
American Kevin King, 60, and Australian Timothy John Weeks, 48, were both working for the American University of Afghanistan when they were violently abducted by five Taliban gunmen dressed as Afghan military personnel last August.
In a video uploaded to encrypted messaging app Telegram and observed by The Foreign Desk, a frail looking King addresses the camera, stating the date as June 16, 2017, an effort to demonstrate that the video was recently filmed.
The Foreign Desk has been unable to verify the authenticity of the video.
King confirmed his capture by the Taliban on August 9, 2016, stating his captors were “treating him well” before adding “every prisoner’s final wish is to get freedom …