Video Claims to Show American al-Qaeda Captive's Plea

Man in alleged terror video claims to be missing U.S. citizen Warren Weinstein.
3:00 | 12/26/13

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that american held captive by al qaeda. This newly released video appears to show the government contractor warren weinstein appealing directly to president obama for help. Muhammad lila reports on the new urgency in this case. My name is warren weinstein. I'm addressing this video to president obama. Reporter: It's the first proof in more than a year that kidnapped american warren weinstein is still alive. Mr. Obama, you're a family man. And so, you understand the deep mental anxiety and anguish that I have been experiencing. Reporter: Al qaeda has released this letter allegedly handwritten by weinstein, pleading, given my age and my health, I don't have time on my side. The state department has not confirmed the authenticity of the video or the letter. The 72-year-old was kidnapped from his home more than two years ago, in the pakistani city of lahore, where he was working for u.S. Aid. Since then, american officials believe he has been held al qaeda's new leader between afghanistan and pakistan. Suffering from a heart condition, weinstein might not longer be healthy. He ends with a message to his wife and his family. I think of each and every one of them, every moment of every day of my captivity. Reporter: Muhammad lila, abc news, in london.

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