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FBI helped family of Qaeda hostage make ransom payment: report

This December 26, 2013 image released by the SITE Intelligence Group shows Warren Weinstein, a US contractor held by Al-Qaeda militantsThe FBI facilitated a 2012 ransom payment of $250,000 to Al-Qaeda from the family of a kidnapped US aid worker later killed in a drone strike, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s role, previously undisclosed, runs counter to Washington’s longstanding public opposition to paying ransoms to secure the release of hostages. Warren Weinstein was snatched by Al-Qaeda in Pakistan in 2011 and killed with fellow hostage and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porta in a CIA drone strike in January targeting a suspected hideout of the terror group in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

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