The asking price for David Rohde's release was $25 million.
Tomorrow evening, two-time Pulitzer prize winner Rohde will discuss his seven-month captivity with the Taliban as part of the "9/11, Today and Tomorrow" Speakers Series. The New York Times reporter is set to talk about the Taliban mini-state currently training suicide attackers and roadside bomb-makers who kill Afghan, American and Pakistani soldiers.
The "Escaping the Taliban" event featuring Rohde is Wednesday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, 20 Vesey St. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Rohde has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Bosnia and many other countries. From November 2008 to June 2009, he was held captive by the Taliban until his eventual escape. He is also the co-author of the forthcoming book “A Rope and A Prayer: The Story of A Kidnapping.” A five-part series that Rohde wrote on his captivity and escape for The New York Times was recently awarded the 2009 George Polk Award for foreign reporting.
Due to space limitations, RSVP is recommended to guarantee a seat up to 15 minutes before programming begins. A suggested donation of $10 per person will help support ongoing programming.
By Meghan Walsh, Communications Associate for the 9/11 Memorial