American al-Qaeda hostage accuses U.S. of abandoning him
December 27 , 2013
Not much has been heard of the U.S. government worker named Warren Weinstein after al-Qaeda released a video of the hostage in 2012.
Weinstein was abducted in Pakistan back in 2011 and has resurfaced to ask President Obama to meet the demands of his captors. "When I need my government it seems that I have been totally abandoned and forgotten," the 72-year-old said. "And so I again appeal to you to instruct your appropriate officials to negotiate my release."
Reports suggest that the State Department is trying to authenticate the video and Obama has refused to negotiate with the terrorist group. Al-Qaeda's previous demands asked the U.S. to release its members and take back Weinstein in exchange for stopping airstrikes in Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia and Pakistan.
Weinstein mentioned that he's suffering from health issues. "The years have taken their toll," he said.