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August 2014

Al Qaeda Begs For American Hostage Swap

ABC News | August 14, 2014

ABCNews_8.15.14Al Qaeda issued another, more urgent public plea Wednesday to the family of American hostage Warren Weinstein to pressure Washington to negotiate for his release, but his wife told ABC News she feels “powerless” to help free him after three years.

The written, English-language message from the core al Qaeda group in Pakistan, where Weinstein, 73, has been suspected of being held against his will for three years as of this week, urged his family to “pressure your government.” But there was no new video or photo of Weinstein, whose health is believed to have deteriorated in captivity.

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Elaine Weinstein speaks to Voice of America (Urdu)

Air date: August 13, 2014

IMG_1417Warren’s wife, Elaine Weinstein, spoke to Voice of America’s Urdu Service ahead of the third anniversary of his kidnapping. In the interview, she talks about Warren’s time in Pakistan and his love for the country’s people and culture that inspired his work there.

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Elaine Weinstein speaks to Voice of America (Deewa/Pashto)

Air date: August 13, 2014

Warren’s wife, Elaine Weinstein, spoke to Voice of America’s Deewa Service ahead of the third anniversary of his kidnapping. VOA Deewa broadcasts in Pashto to the Afghanistan/Pakistan border region where Warren is believed to be held.

This piece aired on both TV and radio.

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Elaine Weinstein Op-Ed Published in Newsweek Pakistan

By Elaine Weinstein
Published: August 3, 2014

My husband, Warren, is a true humanitarian.

He has devoted more than 40 years of his life to helping people around the world, including in Africa and South Asia. Warren came to Pakistan a decade ago to serve as an economic-development advisor. He lived in Pakistan full time, and immersed himself in the culture. He learned Urdu, dressed in shalwar kameez, and took every opportunity to learn more about Pakistan’s history and customs.

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