FBI facilitated ransom payment from hostage Weinstein's family: WSJ

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 29, 2015 1:50 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.

(Reporting by Emily Stephenson and Susan Heavey; Editing by Bill Trott)