Sunday, June 21, 2009
The New York Times reports that its reporter David Rohde has succeeded in escaping from the Taliban. Mr. Rohde, another reporter, Tahir Ludin, and their driver, were captured seven months ago. Mr. Rodhe and Mr. Ludin climbed over a wall. Mr. Mangal, their driver, did not escape with them.
The Times kept the news of Mr. Rohde's captivity quiet and prevailed on other media to do so as well in order to try to negotiate Mr. Rohde's release. In an interview today on CNN's Reliable Sources, Mr. Keller, executive editor of the Times, indicated that he had had anxious moments over the period, thinking that the information might leak out, particularly when Mr. Rohde, along with other Times journalists, won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on events in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mr. Keller declined to provide many details about Mr. Rohde's escape or the negotiations.