May 7th, 2012
03:51 AM ET

U.S. citizen abducted in Pakistan asks Obama to meet al Qaeda demands

By the CNN Wire Staff

A 70-year-old U.S. citizen kidnapped in Pakistan last year has made an emotional plea to President Barack Obama to meet al Qaeda's demands in order to save his life, according to a video released on several Islamist websites Sunday.

"My life is in your hands, Mr. President," Warren Weinstein said in the video. "If you accept the demands, I live. If you don't accept the demands, then I die."

Weinstein, a development consultant, was abducted in August from his home in the city of Lahore. In December, al Qaeda claimed responsibility for his capture.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of the terror network, listed eight demands that he said, if met, would result in Weinstein's release. The demands related to issues in the Middle East, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.

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  3. The REAL Truth...

    While I feel for the individual in question being used as a pawn, the list of demands from Al Qaeda has no chance of being met. The list is very deliberate and the terrorist leaders know that. They plan to use it against the US as justification for their existence and the death of an old man who was most likely trying to earn a living. What kind of world are we leaving to our children~!

    May 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  4. Hahahahahahaha

    Lesson to all civilized people. Don't go to any ShltHoleistan country!!!!! Hahahahahahaha

    May 7, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
  5. Cheese Wonton

    Anyone from the US who travels to Pakistan has to know it is dangerous. Now that he is kidnapped, he expects the US to bend over to save his sorry backside when he had it in his power to prevent this whole problem by simply not traveling to Pakistan. I say ignore him.

    May 7, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
    • Spartan-117

      I'm sure you'd be a singing a different tune if it was you who was in that position.

      You're a piece of !@#$.

      May 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  6. Jeopardy

    I'll take Retarded, Towel Head, Terrorists for $1000 Alex.

    May 7, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
    • Tosspot

      As if you'd get the answer right.

      May 7, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
      • Hahahahahahaha

        I think he just did!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahaha

        May 7, 2012 at 11:06 am |
      • Hahahahahahaha

        And it's not the answer. It's the question!!!!!!!! Hahahahahaha

        May 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm |

    hw sure are we, this is not a plan work?

    May 7, 2012 at 6:32 am | Reply

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