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Freed CBS Journalist Speaks

Richard Butler, who was taken on February 10 in Basra while on assignment for CBS News, has arrived in Europe.

Today he made the following brief statement:

"First and foremost, I would like to thank all those who that were involved in working for my freedom, especially the Iraqi army whose bravery under fire actually won my freedom.

"I'd also like to express my deepest thanks to my CBS colleagues who worked tirelessly on my behalf and looked after my family in my absence.

"At no time during my captivity was I mistreated.

"And lastly, and most importantly, I would appeal to all hostage takers to release their hostages regardless of nationality and return to their families.

"Thank You."

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