Montreal photographer says he had no role in kidnapping of journalist

Photographer Yves Choquette. (Courtesy RENAUD DORION)

Photographer Yves Choquette. (Courtesy RENAUD DORION)

Andre St. Pierre, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:13 PM ET

MONTREAL -- A Canadian photographer accused of unwittingly playing a role in the ISIS abduction of an American journalist is denying any role in the kidnapping.

An article by Ben Taub published Friday on the website The Daily Beast alleges that Yves Choquette, a Montreal-based freelance photographer, may have unintentionally tipped off ISIS by reaching out to people on Facebook to act as fixers and help him cross the border from Turkey into Syria.

The article, which refers to Choquette anonymously as "Alex," says once he made plans to cross the border with a fixer referred to as "X," Choquette contacted the other men to say that he was traveling with "X" and would not need their services.

Choquette decided in the end to abandon the trip to Syria, but within days, Sotloff crossed the border, with "X" as his fixer. Taub alleges that Choquette's carelessness may have caused Sotloff's abduction.


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