Warren Weinstein

American, Italian Hostages Killed in CIA Drone Strike in January

A U.S. drone strike in January targeting a suspected al Qaeda compound in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and Italian being held hostage by the group, senior Obama administration officials said.

The killing of American development expert Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto is the first known instance in which the U.S. has accidentally killed a hostage in a drone strike.

The mishap represents a major blow to the Central Intelligence Agency and its covert drone program in Pakistan, which President Barack Obama embraced and expanded after coming to office in 2009.

  • Petr

    Results of kidnaping by desirability.

    1. Muslims dead, hostages free.

    2. Muslims free (unpaid), hostages free.

    3. Muslims dead, hostages dead.

    4 Muslims free (unpaid), hostages dead.

    5 Muslims free (paid), hostages free.

    6 Muslims free (paid), hostages dead.

    The worst 2 options can allways be avoided by not paying.

    • Pity Obama and the hostages couldn’t be swapped.

  • Sharkibark

    Another historic first by Obama.

    • Well at least he didn’t claim only to have learned about it in the Papers.

      • mauser 98

        announced now to deflect Bill&Hill Foundation scam?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Major blow? Two accidental deaths after six years of drone strikes? It seems like we were more accurate in our targeting than the media care to admit.

    • Stronger than Dirt

      Good point. Who really knows, maybe these two weren’t as pure or innocent as we are led to believe.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Just a Jew and an Italian. Obama was laughing.