Islamic State hostage John Cantlie tells of waterboarding

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Islamic State hostage John Cantlie has told how prisoners have been waterboarded for trying to escape in the latest video released by the terror group.

The 43-year-old British photojournalist from Hampshire, who has been held captive for over two years, appeared in the fifth episode of propaganda films entitled Lend Me Your Ears.

Its release comes just days after his father Paul Cantlie, 80, from Droxford near Fareham, died from complications following pneumonia.

As in previous instalments, he can be seen delivering his message under duress from behind a desk, wearing an orange jumpsuits and criticising the British and American governments.

In the apparently scripted footage, which lasts six and a half minutes, he says: “Now, unless we tried something stupid like escaping or doing something we shouldn’t, we were treated well by the Islamic State.

“Some of us who tried to escape were waterboarded by our captors, as Muslim prisoners are waterboarded by their American captors.”

He also reads from emails allegedly exchanged between IS and the families of American captives who complained about the US government’s refusal to negotiate their loved ones’ release.

One message, which Mr Cantlie dates to July 17 this year, reads: “We have begged them so many times already. Everyone has buried their heads in the sand.

“We feel we are caught in the middle between you and the US government, and we are being punished.”

Mr Cantlie’s sister, Jessica Cantlie, has previously appealed for there to be “direct contact” with the militants holding him.

In his latest statement, Mr Cantlie makes no reference to recent events and it is not clear when the footage was filmed.

He is reported to have written on the group’s English-language online propaganda site that he had recorded eight episodes which would be released one by one.

Mr Cantlie, who has worked for newspapers including The Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Times, signs off by saying that in the next instalment he will talk about a failed rescue mission.

And he says he will explain how “one soldier was worth five prisoners and we were worth none”, in apparent reference to the deal the US government made with Taliban fighters to free Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Since August, IS has filmed and posted online the deaths of four Western hostages.

UK aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines, and American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff were beheaded on camera by the Jihadi organisation, which is also known as Isis and Isil.