Oliver Bridgeman breaks silence in TV interview
OLIVER Bridgeman has broken his silence, posting on social media he is in Syria delivering medical and food supplies in rural Turkish areas.
The former Harristown High School student has taken to social media under a new public figure profile to allay concerns and rumours he has joined terrorist organisation ISIS.
Bridgeman earlier this year left Australia, telling his parents he was to do humanitarian work in Indonesia before surfacing in Syria.
He was suspected of having joined the terror cells, but the teen has maintained he was in the war-torn region for humanitarian purposes.
He will reiterate that message when he appears on current affairs program 60 Minutes on Sunday night after the news team, headed by seasoned reporter Tara Brown, tracked down the teenager in Syria.
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It will be the first time in months Bridgeman has spoken out on his role overseas.
Bridgeman has since established a new public figure Facebook page, with a post this morning categorically denying any involved with ISIS or Al-Qaeda.
"After reading the media broadcasts that was blowing everything out of proportion and writing blatant lies about my activities in Syria I would like to make one thing clear," Bridgeman wrote.
"I AM NOT associated or fighting for any terrorist organisation or rebel group inside or outside Syria.
"My only activity in Syria is the distribution of medical supplies, food and basic life essentials inside the rural parts and Turkish boarders (sic) of Syria.
"Even though Syria is in the middle of a civil war I have never feared for my life or safety since I started 2 months ago.
"I'm only working in parts of Syria that are free from any fighting."
The teenager thanked family and friends for their support who "defended me through this media campaign and I would like to a sure (sic) everyone that I am safe and having a wonderful experience".
"Once again I'm not part of Al Aqeada (sic) or any terrorist organisation or am I taking part in the conflict," he posted.
Bridgeman also updated his current location to Damascus, Syria.