WH dismisses video of al-Qaida's American hostage

Associated Press Published: May 7, 2012
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President Obama has not seen the video of al-Qaida's American hostage pleading for help, as far as his spokesman knows, but the White House will not negotiate with terrorists for the hostage.

"The president is aware of it," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said when asked about the video. "I do not believe he's seen it . . . I do not know if he's seen it."

Al-Qaida released a video of Warren Weinstein, a 70-year-old American kidnapped in Pakistan last year. "My life is in your hands, Mr. President," Weinstein says in the video, according to CBS. "If you accept the demands, I live; if you don't accept the demands, then I die."

President Obama seems unlikely to accept their demands. "We cannot and will not negotiate with al-Qaida," Carney said today.

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