Child recovery agent, Adam Whittington, is in a Lebanese prison after being involved in a botched kidnapping staged by Network Nine’s 60 minutes
Child recovery agent, Adam Whittington, has accused the Australian Liberal Government of ignoring him and his family and has urged people to ‘think twice before voting’ on July 2.
Mr Whittington is in a Lebanese prison after he was involved with Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes attempt to return Sally Faulkner’s children to Australia in a botched kidnapping in April.
A letter written by the former Australian soldier was posted onto Facebook and slammed Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, adding that he was ‘embarrassed to be called an Australian’.
In his letter, Mr Whittington said: ‘Experiencing first-hand the lies and political double standards the current Federal government has shown me, I urge people to think twice before voting on the 2nd of July for the current government.
‘Not once during my detention has Julie bishop attempted to contact my family and Julie bishop has continued to ignore my family’s desperate pleas to contact her.
A letter (pictured) written by the former Australian soldier was posted onto Facebook and slammed Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, adding that he was ‘embarrassed to be called an Australian’
‘You clearly need to revisit the values of how to be an Australian, which makes us such proud people, because you missed the lesson on never leaving a fellow Aussie behind.’
Mr Whittington went on to accuse Ms Bishop of leaving him behind while working to free Nine Network’s four-member 60 Minutes crew, including reporter Tara Brown.
He wrote: ‘You blatantly neglected me and then threw me under your bus after C9’s bus.’
A statement from the office read: ‘The foreign minister has been in direct contact with Mr Whittington’s wife, both by phone and email.’
Ms Bishop is making, and has already made, representations to her Lebanese counterpart about Mr Whittington’s case, they added.
Writing from inside the Lebanese prison in Beirut Mr Whittington (pictured), has accused the Australian Liberal Government of ignoring him and his family and has urged people to ‘think twice before voting’ on July 2
The letter also thanked Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Tanya Plibersek, for their help during this time.
Mr Whittington’s child recovery agency was hired by the network to snatch the two young children of Brisbane mum Sally Faulkner from a Beirut street in April.
Ms Faulkner and the 60 Minutes crew were arrested along with Mr Whittington and three other men in the hours after the children were taken.
But while Ms Faulkner and the 60 Minutes team were released after Nine reportedly paid $500,000 to the children’s Lebanese father, Mr Whittington and his three colleagues remain behind bars.
The former Australian soldier was rejected bail after the father of the snatched children, Ali Elamine (pictured with his children), refused to drop charges against him and three of his associates
Mr Whittington is in a Lebanese prison after he was involved with Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes attempt to return Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner’s (pictured) children to Australia in a botched kidnapping in April
Documents show Nine paid Mr Whittington $70,000 for the failed operation.
A Facebook page in support of Mr Whittington currently has over 4,000 followers and posted a comment in response to Mr Whittington’s letter urging followers to press the issue across social media.
It read: ‘I need all your back up on Twitter to make this happen as we are in a critical stage at the moment.
‘As you already know Australia is very close to their Election Day and now is the time to get their attention on social media.
‘Let’s smash that Twitter feed #bringskippyhome.’
A Facebook page in support of Mr Whittington using the hashtag #bringskippyhome (pictured) currently has over 4,000 followers and urged followers to press the issue of bringing Mr Whittington home on social media