60 Minutes "don't want truth to come out" about Lebanon
THE 60 Minutes Lebanon kidnapping saga has been resurrected with Channel Seven airing an exclusive interview with "child recovery agent" Adam Whittington on Sunday Night.
Whittington helped mastermind the plan to snatch the two young children of Australian mum Sally Faulkner as they walked to school in downtown Beirut earlier this year.
He appeared on Seven to point the finger at 60 Minutes for betraying him when it rescued its crew members and star host Tara Brown from a Middle Eastern prison.
The saga went awry after Whittington successfully grabbed Ms Faulkner's two children from their grandmother and a nanny.
Ms Faulkner, the kids and the Whittington's crew from Child Abduction Recovery International rushed back to a safehouse.
60 Minutes, who had helped fund the mission, were on the scene collecting footage for a future episode.
It was only hours before Lebanese authorities collected the entire 60 Minutes and child recovery crews for interrogation over the alleged kidnapping of two minors.
Ms Faulkner and the children were discovered days later.
Whittington told how while in prison he was drinking maggot-infested water, while the 60 Minutes crew were treated to pizza and coffee.
He told Sunday Night he felt betrayed by 60 Minutes who "don't want the truth to come out".
Ms Faulkner's estranged husband Ali al-Amin was paid USD$500,000 according to Sunday Night in an effort to free Ms Brown and the rest of the 60 Minutes crew.
Whittington was left behind.
"As soon as they pulled out the chequebook, everything went downhill for everyone," he said.
"Just not the crew from Channel Nine."
The 60 Minutes team were seen sipping champagne and celebrating after being freed.
They arrived home in late April.
Mr Whittington returned to Australia last weekend on bail.