Kidnapped man in Pakistan appeals to President Obama directly to meet Al Qaeda demands. What should he do?
(CNN) -- 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
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.
"It is important that you
accept these demands and act quickly and don't delay," Weinstein said
in the video posted Sunday. He made references to Obama's daughters and
to his own children.
Weinstein said in the
video, which was less than three minutes long, that he wanted to let his
wife know that he was "fine and well."
Al Qaeda's demands
include the lifting of the blockade on movement of people and trade
between Egypt and Gaza; an end to bombing by the United States and its
allies in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Gaza; the release of
anyone arrested on charges of belonging to al Qaeda and the Taliban;
the release of all prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and American
secret prisons and the closure of Guantanamo and the other prisons; the
release of terrorists convicted in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade
Center; and the release of relatives of Osama bin Laden, the founder of
al Qaeda who was killed last year in Pakistan.
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