Transcript for CIA Drones Kill Two Hostages
And we begin tonight with new developments. What we now know about that deadly drone mistake, meant to hit Al Qaeda, those cia drones also killing two innocent men. An American and an Italian man. The American on the left there, Warren Weinstein, a father and grandfather. His transformation after years in captivity. This is one of the last images his family would see. Tonight, what his family told me about the last time they saw him. And their message to the Obama administration tonight. ABC's chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl takes us step by step through the dramatic mission and the moment it went wrong. Reporter: The two hostages, Warren wean stein and Italian Giovanni lo Porto were hidden deep in the mountainous and lawless region near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. The cia had been watching it continuously for hundreds of hours, becoming convinced dangerous Al Qaeda operatives were living there and that there were no civilians inside. January 14th, cia headquarters in Langley gives the order. Sending in a drone to fire missiles into the compound. But soon, the tragic mistake comes into focus. The U.S. Learns innocent civilians may have been there after all. And this month, the confirmation. Weinstein and lo Porto were both killed in the strike. As president, and as commander in chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations. I profoundly regret what happened. On behalf of the United States government, I offer our deepest apologies to the families. Reporter: And aide worker and peace korms veteran, the 73-year-old Weinstein was kidnapped in Pakistan in 2011, just two days before he was scheduled to go home. His wife and daughter spoke to David Muir shortly after seeing him in this 2013 hostage video. When he looked straight into that camera and said, it seems that I have been totally abandoned. Abandoned. And forgotten. I wanted to die, right there on the spot. Because he has no idea how hard we've tried to get him back. The funny thing is that I always take him to the airport and I always pick him up and he sees my lip begin to quiver and he says, oh, please don't cry. And that was the last time I saw him. What would you say to him if you could? I would just tell him how much I miss him. I would just tell him that I love him and that I think about him every day. That family has been through so much. We've been following their journey to bring their father home. After all the tears, sitting down with us, tonight, the anger. Reporter: They blame Al Qaeda for Mr. Weinstein's death, but David, they had some tough words today for the Obama administration, saying that the support they received from the U.S. Government throughout this ordeal was, quote, inconsistent and disappointing and adding that they hope Mr. Weinstein's death, quote, finally prompts the U.S. Government to take its responsibility seriously to support hostages and their families. All right, Jon Karl live at the white house tonight. As you know, Jon, one more key
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