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Family of Kidnapped Warren Weinstein Calls for Proof He Is Alive

By: JTA

The family of captive U.S. government contractor Warren Weinstein called for ”date-specific confirmation” that he is still alive.

In a statement released Thursday, the Weinstein family said a video distributed last week by al-Qaida in Pakistan does not prove that Weinstein is alive because there is no indication of when it was made.

Weinstein, 72, who has been held in Pakistan by al-Qaida for more than two years, in the video calls on President Obama to release al-Qaida terrorists in exchange for his release.

The video message featuring Weinstein, a former Peace Corps and USAID official, was sent to journalists and news services in Pakistan along with a link to a photo of a handwritten note. The testimonial letter is dated Oct. 3, 2013; it is not known when the video was filmed.

Weinstein, of Rockville, Md., was kidnapped in August 2011 outside Pakistan while he was working for J.E. Austin Associates, a private company that advises Pakistani businesses.

The United States has said it will not negotiate with al-Qaida, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization.

“Warren Weinstein is a scholar and a humanitarian who has spent his entire career working to improve the lives of men, women and children around the world,” his family said in the statement. “Prior to his abduction, he spent seven years in Pakistan working to improve local communities through projects related to dairy production, farming and health care. To be captured and held against his will after a life spent helping others, especially in the sunset of his proud career, is unacceptable. We urge the global community to help us bring him home.”

The family praised U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) for his efforts on behalf of Weinstein.

“We must be relentless in our efforts to bring him home and we must maintain a sense of outrage and determination,” Delaney said in a statement issued Thursday.

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4 Responses to “Family of Kidnapped Warren Weinstein Calls for Proof He Is Alive”

  1. IF SO, BRING HIM HOME

  2. Guy Peters says:

    Where he disappeared from is an exceedingly small ” cay” ,not even an Island ,it would be possible he is alive ,being held prisoner ,everyone on that tiny spit of ” land” knows what happened to him ,no doubts. During which administration did he disappear? Now that dumb0bama & do nothing Kerry are such close buddies with the peace loving , so easy to trust & so popular leaders of Iran , maybe they can just offer to exchange him for John Kerry ? Eric Holder ? Killary Klinton ?

  3. I hope he is alive and someone brings him home. He is someone’s dad and brother.

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