Originally Posted by paintmered
I wonder if this was to be a similar situation to the string of Venezuelan baseball player kidnappings? He's a recognizable, young millionaire in a new country, so he's definitely a target of opportunity if only for his money. And as a defector from Cuba, he's a big political target. I think it's less likely that Chapman "owes" these people through shady dealings since his girlfriend wasn't harmed.
The FBI needs to be involved for sure. And if they find the order for this came from abroad, the State Department also needs to play.
My guess is that he's less of a "victim" of international conspiracy and more of a young guy with $$ for the first time in a new country, making some poor decisions and trusting/surrounding himself with the wrong people.
But obviously this is all speculation at this point, so there's no point in continuing, but it's concerning.