US Hostage Warren Weinstein's Family Makes Statement on the Release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl today, as reported by major media outlets

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Family of US Hostage Warren Weinstein celebrates release of Sgt. Bergdahl today and implores US government to redouble efforts to bring Mr. Weinstein home as soon as possible, before it is too late.

According to the Washington Post, "the Weinstein family joins the nation in celebrating the release of American hostage Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and his return to the loving arms of his family."

"In the wake of this good news, we implore our government to redouble its effort to explore all possible avenues to free our father, husband, and grandfather, Warren Weinstein. He has now been held in Pakistan for more than 1000 days. He will be 73 years old this July and his health is failing—time is of the essence. Warren has dedicated his entire life to working on development and humanitarian aid projects that have improved the lives and livelihoods of countless people around the world. Like all families with loved ones held in captivity, we are desperate for his release before it's too late. We can only hope that our government will do everything in its power to bring him and all American hostages home."

Weinstein, 72, was kidnapped by al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan in 2011, just days before he was scheduled to leave Pakistan after serving for several years as country director for J.E. Austin & Associates, a US development firm. In a videotaped plea released by al-Qaeda on December 25, 2013, the last "proof of life" provided to the President, Secretary of State, the media and his family, Weinstein is seen urging the Obama administration to negotiate for his release. The video was provided to The Washington Post in an anonymous email on Dec. 25. Mr. Weinstein's health is clearly shown to have deteriorated in the video, therefore the urgency in information leading to his release.

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