Child recovery agent Adam Whittington has accused Australia of showing disinterest in getting him released from the Lebanese detention following his involvement in the 60 Minutes abduction case.
Whittington has demanded his case to be handled in the same manner as that of the reputed media crew. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has denied support for the child recovery agent and said that the Lebanese officers have already blocked the ways of helping the soldier get out of the trap. The Australian foreign minister said that the Lebanese authorities were treating Whittington as a British national who entered their nation through his UK passport.
The Australian-British agent belongs to the family of a former soldier and has lamented over the Australian government’s lack of efforts in handling the matter of his release. He said that Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was showing “double standards” in handling the matter. The 60 Minutes crew involved in the matter had already been released and allowed to return to Australia along with the kids’ mother Sally Faulker, who planned the kidnap and botched child recovery operation to get back her children.
“Why is there double a standard when an important journalist is involved but a different one when it’s a poor citizen?” the agent told Fairfax Media.
The comment came after he realised he was unable to pay $500,000 to the kids’ father, Ali Elamine, who demanded the amount in exchange for his release, according to the ABC. He accused Australia of treating the 60 Minutes crew member, including presenter Tara Brown and producer Stephen Rice, in a better way as they belonged to a reputed Australian media company. Whittington personally met Judge Rami Abdullah who had been investigating the matter. He believed that it was wrong for a reputed group like the 60 Minutes media crew to get involved in a monetary deal with the kids’ father to secure their release while leaving others hired for the task behind.