World Net Daily, a conservative Internet news site, says Fox News paid $2 million in ransom to Palestinian groups in Gaza in order to obtain the release of two of its employees, photographer Olaf Wiig and reporter Steve Centanni, a journalist with Bay Area roots. World Net Daily reporter Aaron Klein quotes the leader of the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees as saying his organization’s share of the money was used to purchase weapons that would be used “to hit the Zionists.” Fox News paid the money to Preventative Security Services, Fatah’s main security organization in the Gaza strip, which distributed it to various groups and organizations, Klein says. The story says a spokeswoman for Fox News Channel wouldn’t comment on the report, but a source at the cable network admitted such a payment was possible. Before working for CNN and later Fox News, Centanni was a producer at KRON-TV for eight years and worked at various Bay Area radio stations.

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