Jill Carroll, the American hostage freed in Iraq, has retracted critical statements she made about the United States.
In a film posted on a jihadist web site, Carroll denounced the US presence in Iraq and praised militants fighting American forces.
She also no longer stands by an interview given to the Iraqi Islamic Partyshortly after her release, saying she feared retribution.
Wearing a traditional Islamic head scarf, Carroll looked relaxed in the broadcast that has drawn criticism from some conservative commentators. She described U.S. policy in Iraq as being built on a “mountain of lies” and said U.S. President George W. Bush “doesn’t care about his own people”.
She said at least two false statements about her had been widely aired: that she refused to travel and cooperate with the U.S. military and that she refused to discuss her captivity with U.S. officials. “Again, neither is true,” she said.
“Things that I was forced to say while captive are now being taken by some as an accurate reflection of my personal views. They are not,” she said in a statement read in Boston by Richard Bergenheim, editor of The Christian Science Monitor, the Boston-based employer of the 28-year-old journalist.
In her statement, she said she had been threatened repeatedly and described her captors as “criminals at best.”
Carroll, who was abducted in Baghdad in January, spent 82 days in custody.
No one has admitted responsibility for her kidnapping.