* Morning update: Libyan government officials told the United States State Department on Thursday evening that all four would be released, the NYT reports. The Libyan government allowed the journalists to call their families on Thursday evening.
It sounds as if the four missing New York Times journalists are in the hands of the Libyan armed forces. In an interview tonight with ABC's Christiane Amanpour, the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said that one of the NYT journalists would be released — and he referred to the person as "she," which suggests photographer Lynsey Addario. Said Saif Gadhafi:
You know, they entered country illegally and when the army, when they liberated the city of Ajdabiyah from the terrorists and they found her there and they arrest her because you know foreigners in this place. But then they were happy because they found out she is American, not European. And thanks to that she will be free tomorrow.
There was no reference to the others in the interview made public. Earlier in the night, Addario's journalist husband made an appeal on her behalf.
Also: Addario spoke by phone to the Daily Beast last week about the dangerous situation in Libya: