In 2013, kidnapped contractor appears in video message
In a videotaped plea to the president, secretary of state, the media and his family, U.S. government contractor Warren Weinstein is seen urging the Obama administration to negotiate for his release. He said he feels "totally abandoned and forgotten," and called on all Americans to use social media to mount a campaign to seek his release. Weinstein, then 72, of Rockville, was kidnapped by al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan in 2011. The video was provided to The Washington Post in an anonymous email on Dec. 25, 2013.