Once again, the Obama Administration takes no responsibility for anything that happens on its watch in its administration. Case in point, this story originating from the Wall Street Journal that the FBI helped the family of hostage Warren Weinstein pay a $250,000 ransom to al Qaeda -- which was received but the hostage was never released, big shocker, and even worse, he was killed in a drone strike approved by the Obama Administration.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Wednesday that he didn't know anything about it, and that the White House's policy on not paying ransom has not changed. But that's clearly one more lie from the White House's paid liar, because the White House must have known about this payoff to the terrorists. Pity the poor family, who paid the ransom and never got their loved one back, then had to deal with the news that an Obama drone had accidentally killed him.
From The Guardian
The Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2012 helped facilitate a ransom payment from the family of American hostage Warren Weinstein to al Qaeda in an unsuccessful attempt to get him released, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday.
Weinstein was accidentally killed in a U.S. drone strike in January, the White House announced last week. Current U.S. policy prohibits paying ransoms for hostages.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest, asked about the report on Wednesday, said he had not seen it yet and could not comment. “Our policy on this hasn’t changed,” he told reporters.
According to the report, the FBI only got involved after it learned that the Weinstein family has made its decision to pay a ransom fee, and the agency helped the family in vetting the Pakistani middleman that transported the money.
U.S. officials told the Journal that the FBI’s involvement may have given the family extra confidence to go ahead with the $250,000 ransom.
White House National Security Council spokesman Alistair Baskey said: “We’re not going to comment on private efforts. There is no reconsideration of the United States government’s longstanding policy of not granting concessions to hostage takers.”
Weinstein, a Jewish physician, and an Italian hostage, Giovanni Lo Porto, were killed inadvertently in a covert operation against Al-Qaeda on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Obama offered an emotional apology and said he took “full responsibility” for the tragedy.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Wednesday said "Our policy on this (not paying ransom) hasn't changed," and added that he didn't know anything about this.
The American government currently prohibits paying ransoms for fear that they may encourage the capture of more U.S. citizens. It's also illegal for victims' families to pay hostage takers in foreign countries, but the Obama administration is reportedly considering a change that would allow families to attempt to raise money themselves.