Hostage Asks President for Help

An American hostage in Pakistan sends a message to the president. Do what al Qaeda wants or they'll kill me.

“My life is in your hands, Mr. President. If you accept the demands, I live; if you don’t accept the demands, then I die,” Weinstein says evenly in the video, which al-Qaeda posted to jihadist forums on Sunday.

Weinstein worked mainly on economic development projects in Pakistan as a country director for J.E. Austin Associates, a Northern Virginia firm that holds contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Fluent in Urdu, he had spent many years in Pakistan.