Wednesday, October 8, 2008

It's hard out there for a pimp or a pirate...

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A man on a hijacked ship carrying tanks and heavy weapons said Tuesday that the ransom had been reduced to US$8 million. It was unclear if he was officially speaking for the pirates holding the vessel.
A U.S. Navy officer watches the hijacked ship Faina off the coast of Somalia last week.

The man identified himself as Jama Aden and answered the satellite telephone of the pirates' normal spokesman, Sugule Ali. He said in Somali that Ali was not immediately available because he was resting.

"There are high hopes we will release the ship within hours if they pay us US$8 million," Aden told The Associated Press. "The negotiations with the ship owners are going on well."

The pirates originally demanded US$20 million.

What kind of half-assed pirates are these guys. You never, ever bid against yourself. I guess the good news is that I could be Pirate spokesman advisor if it all goes horribly - wrong..ER.

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