ISIS sent a ‘laundry list’ of demands for the release of James Foley in exchange for Aafia Siddiqui, known as ‘Lady al Qaeda’.
Siddiqui is currently serving 86 years in a Texas jail after being arrested in Ghanzi, Afghanistan in 2008 with plans for a ‘mass casualty attack’ in the US, including infecting people with Ebola and a dirty bomb, and details of New York landmarks.
The government refused to enter into negotiations with Foley’s captors, and launched a failed rescue attempt instead. According to the New York Times, before the ransom rose to $132m, ISIS wanted the release of Afia Siddiqui among other prisoners but the Obama administration adamantly refused to consider releasing Siddiqui, or handing over a $132 million in ransom.
When Siddiqui was apprehended she had detailed plans on how to kill by spreading Ebola, making a dirty bomb and even a theoretical chemical weapon that somehow spared children while killing adults.
Siddiqui also had two pounds of highly toxic sodium cyanide hidden in her bag and documents detailing potential New York targets for attack including Wall Street, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the subway system.
The documents also showed the Plum Island Animal Disease Center on Long Island Sound, New York which was used for biological weapons testing during the Cold War, as another potential target.
During interrogation the day after her arrest she grabbed a rifle that had been left on a table and started shooting at her questioners. She failed to hit them but she was shot in the stomach as they returned fire.
Siddiqui was only charged with two counts of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of assault. She was brought to the U.S. for trial which lasted for 14 days in January and February 2010.
Siddiqui is currently being held in the Federal Medical Center in Carswell, Texas, which specializes in treating inmates with mental health issues. She is not due for release until August 8, 2083.
Photo courtesy of Google.com