[Ed. – Ugly, and grievously sad.]
In the case of Mr. Weinstein, the Pakistani intermediary said $250,000 was handed over to kidnappers in June 2012, following negotiations over Mr. Weinstein’s release.
The cash was transferred in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. The intermediary said he was unsure of the source of the money, which was in $100 bills, but described it as “private.” …
Mr. Weinstein’s family praised the efforts of some FBI officials, but said support from other parts of the government was disappointing. FBI officials declined to comment.
In the weeks preceding the planned handover of the cash, a call was arranged between Mr. Weinstein and his wife, as “proof of life,” the intermediary said. Pakistani authorities even had a helicopter on standby to fly him to the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, the intermediary added. The Pakistani military didn’t return calls seeking comment.
“The money was delivered, but he [Weinstein] didn’t show up,” the intermediary said.
After the money was handed over, a different man representing the kidnappers began calling the intermediary, posing different terms for Mr. Weinstein’s release: He said he was told the kidnappers were prepared to release Mr. Weinstein as part of a prisoner exchange.
“They said [Weinstein] was a political prisoner,” the intermediary said.