A newsman who spent two months as the hostage of militants in Lebanon has suggested that ill-paid terrorist guards could be tempted by big cash rewards to help their captives escape.
Charles Glass, who was on leave from ABC News when he was kidnaped in Beirut last June 17, yesterday suggested establishing a fund to pay for the rewards, saying the money would be enough to tempt a tipster but not enough to constitute ransom.
Glass escaped from his captors on Aug. 18. His guards, aged 17 to 24, were paid about $20 a month, and talked frequently about girls, rock music and fast cars, Glass said.
"They were ordinary Lebanese teen-agers with no commitment at all," Glass told a news conference. "I could hear my guards talking and saying for $20 a month they were not going to die."
During his captivity, Glass said, he was moved to a number of locations and people in the street could have seen him being transferred. He estimated that as many as 100 people may have known his whereabouts.
The $50,000 reward would be paid in confidence only after a hostage is released, Glass said.
Glass said he has talked to the families of other hostages, and while they support his suggestion, they do not want their names associated with it.