$1 Million Ransom Paid to Al-Qaeda to Secure Release of Canadian UN Diplomat in Niger

Four years ago, only revealed now


An al Qaeda letter obtained by The Associated Press suggests about $1 million was paid for the release of Canadian diplomat Robert Fowler in Niger four years ago.

Fowler, the highest-ranking UN official in Niger, and his colleague Louis Guay, were kidnapped and held for four months before being released in April 2009.