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Officials To Recommend Changing U.S. Hostage Policy To Allow Families To Pay Ransoms: Report

MCLEAN, VA - APRIL 24:  US President Barack Obama speaks at a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the formation for the
MCLEAN, VA - APRIL 24: US President Barack Obama speaks at a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the formation for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, at it's headquarters on April 24, 2015 in McClean, Virginia. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

Families of American hostages who communicate with foreign kidnappers or raise money and pay ransoms will no longer have to fear prosecution for aiding terrorist groups, a White House-ordered advisory group on U.S. hostage policy is expected to recommend, senior officials told ABC News last week.

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