By Jonathan Easley - 05/07/12 12:41 PM EDT
Al Qaeda released a Web video late Sunday night of an American aid worker, taken hostage in Pakistan almost a year ago, pleading with President Obama to meet the terror group’s demands.
In the video, Warren Weinstein is shown eating behind a spread of food and asking Obama to comply with al Qaeda’s wishes to save his life.
Al Qaeda officials have previously demanded the release of terrorist suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where a trial is now under way for accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four others allegedly involved in the terrorist plot.
“I’ve done a lot of service for my country, so I hope that my country will now look after me,” Weinstein continues in the video.
White House and State Department officials have not yet commented on the video.
The video comes shortly after the one-year anniversary of the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a Navy SEAL raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The death of the terrorist leader has sparked a campaign-year controversy, as Obama has touted the achievement, with his reelection team questioning whether presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney would have ordered the mission.
Republicans have countered that the president is “spiking the football” and has politicized the event.