American released from captivity in Syria: I'm overwhelmed by emotion


(CNN) -- Peter Theo Curtis, the American recently released from captivity in Syria, told reporters in Massachusetts on Wednesday: "I had no idea when I was in prison so much effort was being expended on my behalf."

He said he was grateful for those who worked for more than two years to try to secure his release.

"I'm overwhelmed by emotion," he said in a brief statement.