TODAY   |  December 26, 2013

Al-Qaeda captive pleads for Obama to negotiate

A U.S. government contractor pleaded for the Obama administration to negotiate with his captors, a group of al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan. The contractor was captured in 2011. NBC’s Martin Fletcher reports.

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>> a u.s. government contractor kidnapped by al qaeda militants in 2011 . now he is pleading with the obama negotiation to communicate with his captors. nbc's martin fletcher is in london with details on this. good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning. the al qaeda released this video to coincide with the prisoner. it dpins with a sad face. his first words, i am warren weinstein. he was captured two years ago in pakistan working as a government contractor . he pleads for help. he is saying to obama. now when i need my government, it seems i have been totally abandoned and forgotten. so i again appeal to you to instruct your appropriate officials to negotiate my release he said on the video. now, no direct response to this appeal yet. be you the government has said it will not negotiate are his kidnappers or anyone else who kidnappers americans. natalie.

>> martin fletcher , thank you.