ISIS publishes a letter apparently written by Cantlie to his family in Dabiq magazine. Experts say the letter is likely genuine. Cantlie:
Four of my cellmates have already been executed by the Islamic State in the most visceral way possible after the British and American government apparently made a joint decision not to discuss terms for our release. [It is] a bitter pill to swallow … while we, the British and Americans, were left behind.
To my darling wife, my friends in the media and my family: let our political leaders know it doesn’t have to be this way. For now, I am still alive, but at some point in the near future the mujahidin will surely run out of patience.
Death holds no fear over me; I have lived beneath its wings for a long time.
But if that is to be my final destination, I would rather look it in the face knowing this was a fair fight and not a hollow capitulation.