Video: Hostage Warren Weinstein


SLAMABAD (Reuters) - A U.S. development worker kidnapped in Pakistan by al Qaeda two years ago appealed to President Barack Obama to intervene and help negotiate his release, in a video released on Thursday.

In a 13-minute clip issued by al Qaeda's media wing and posted on several news websites, Warren Weinstein, 72, looked gaunt and tired.

The video is here, thanks to Jeenyus.

We pray for his unconditional release.

Update: The video above was from 2012. Here is the new one.

Thanks to Birbal Dhar.

Update II: Here is a BBC report with a statement from Warren's family from this fall.

Update III: He was also forced to make a video appealing to the Israelis for help as he is a Jewish American.

Posted by: Howie at 09:20 AM


1 Yes this is an old video last year I believe. Al Qaeda even forced Weinstein to make a video appealing to the Israeli Prime Minister as well. Nobody knows currently whether Weinstein is still alive or dead. I suspect the former, because if he was dead, Al Qaeda would have made a video out of it.

Posted by: Birbal Dhar at December 26, 2013 09:48 AM

2 OK, I found the new one. Thanks.

Posted by: Howie at December 26, 2013 10:00 AM

3 I think Al Qaeda will keep him as their prisoner until either the Americans pay a huge ransom or release islamic terrorists from their jails. I can't see either of these proposals come anytime soon. The only time Al Qaeda will kill him is probably if the Americans or the Pakistanis get to close to rescuing him or Mr Weinstein becomes bedridden and becomes a big liability to Al Qaeda. Either way, it looks like they are copying the Algerian islamic terrorist technique in capturing westerners and keeping them hostage for as long as it takes. It is also disturbing that Mr Weinstein chose to stay in Pakistan, surely knowing himself that he was in Peshawar, probably the worst place to stay for a foreigner in Pakistan, let alone the whole country. Yes he may had security, but even then the Pakistani guards would have run away like rats when they are attacked, like the example of a prison in Pakistan, when the guards fled after the Pakistani Taliban attacked the prison and released the prisoners.

Posted by: Birbal Dhar at December 26, 2013 11:36 AM

4 UPDATE: Whoops it wasn't Peshawar, but Lahore, nonetheless anywhere in Pakistan is dangerous for a foreigner. It's a pity he didn't leave the country as soon as he could. !!

Posted by: Birbal Dhar at December 26, 2013 11:42 AM

5 What the hell is a 70 yr old Jewish/American doing in Pakistan? That's as ridiculous as girls hiking in Afghanistan and Iran. I just don't know why people will put themselves in such danger. He was nothing but an invitation and that's what happened.
I hope he makes it out but how much is it going to cost? I can see some terrorist who will kill again and again being traded for him. Someone isn't thinking.

Posted by: Greyrooster at December 26, 2013 10:53 PM

6 Rooster he was working for an NGO or govt agency, they were the ones "doing the thinking". Nuff said.

Posted by: Howie at December 27, 2013 08:37 AM

7 Howie: He was 70 years old when captured. WTF is a 70 year old doing working in Afghanistan. Or anywhere else for that matter. 70 yr olds can't even run fast enough to get away. Now some will want the taxpayers to pay ransom because someone is stupid enough to put a 70 yr old with a Jewish name in harms way. Or is it better to free some Islamic killer so he can kill again.
America cannot and must not negotiate hostage situations. If it did more captives would be taken before the ransom was paid.
Nuff said but I still think it was stupid.
Doesn't matter who he was working for. He shouldn't have been there.

Posted by: Greyrooster at December 27, 2013 08:17 PM

8 "Doesn't matter who he was working for. He shouldn't have been there."

I agree, Greyrooster.

I mean - a *Jewish-American* working there?
To be THAT stupid, you've GOT to be a Democrat supporter.
I hope he gets out but I find it almost impossible to have any sympathy for someone who is *this stupid*.

Posted by: Shadowman at December 29, 2013 04:34 AM

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