Robert Levinson

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He Vanished 13 Years Ago. Now, the US Places Blame

Finger officially pointed at Iran for abduction, death of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson

(Newser) - The Trump administration for the first time on Monday formally blamed Iran for the presumed death of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, publicly identifying two Iranian intelligence officers believed responsible for his abduction. Levinson disappeared in Iran under mysterious circumstances more than a decade ago, and though US diplomats and...

'Potentially Huge News' in Case of Vanished Ex-FBI Agent

Iran acknowledged it has an open case against Robert Levinson

(Newser) - The last time former FBI agent Robert Levinson was heard from was in a 2011 hostage video . The last time he was seen was four years before that, on an island off Iran—where he vanished "under still-mysterious circumstances while on an unauthorized CIA mission," per the AP...

New Twist in Case of American Missing in Iran for 10 Years

Robert Levinson's family sues Iran for his kidnapping and imprisonment

(Newser) - The family of a CIA operative who went missing a decade ago is suing Iran, claiming the country has lied about the role it played in his disappearance. The New York Times reports the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Washington seeks damages against Iran for inflicting emotional distress...

Family of Ex-FBI Agent Lost in Iran Finds Hope in Trump

Thinks president's negotiating skills could bring CIA operative home

(Newser) - Ten years after a former FBI agent working on an unauthorized CIA mission disappeared in Iran, his family hopes President Trump will be the one to finally bring him home. Robert Levinson's family tells the AP that Trump's background as a deal-making businessman and his harder line on...

Report: Iran Offered to Release American Years Ago

Robert Levinson's family didn't know about secret meeting

(Newser) - A CIA consultant who disappeared in Iran in 2007 wasn't part of this month's prisoner exchange —and according to newly disclosed documents seen by the New York Times , the best chance of getting Robert Levinson home may have been in 2011. A memo sent to the FBI...

Iran: 4 US Citizens Freed
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Iran Frees Washington Post Reporter

Jason Rezaian is among the detained Americans being released

(Newser) - Iran will release four detained Americans—including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian —in exchange for seven Iranians held or charged in the United States, US and Iranian officials said Saturday. A fifth American detained in Iran, a student, was released in a move unrelated to the swap, US officials...

US Citizen Missing in Iran Worked for CIA

Robert Levinson was a rogue operator: AP, Washington Post

(Newser) - Robert Levinson of Florida went missing in Iran in 2007, and the Washington Post and the AP are out with stories today that might better explain why: He was working as a sort of rogue operator for the CIA at the time. Or more precisely, the retired FBI agent was...

New Photos of Kidnapped American Released

US officials believe Iran knows where he is

(Newser) - The family of kidnapped former FBI agent Robert Levinson has released chilling photographs received in early 2011. The photos show Levinson, who disappeared in Iran while working as a private investigator in 2007, clad in an orange jumpsuit and holding signs with captions including, "I am here in Guantanamo....

US Hostage's Wife Appeals to Ahmadinejad

And Iranian president sits down with CNN

(Newser) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in town, and the wife of a former FBI agent taken hostage in Iran in 2007 is taking advantage of that fact. The Iranian president "has said that he will investigate and he will have his people investigate," says Christine Levinson, whose husband, Robert, is...

FBI Offers $1M Reward for Ex-Agent Missing in Iran

Robert Levinson being held in border area, agency says

(Newser) - The FBI is offering up to $1 million for information leading to the return of former special agent Robert Levinson, a 63-year-old who vanished in Iran five years ago while working as a private investigator probing cigarette smuggling, the Guardian reports. A video of Levinson pleading for help from the...

Video Surfaces of Missing Ex-FBI Agent

'33 years of service to the US deserves something,' says Robert Levinson

(Newser) - The family of Robert Levinson has released a video in which the missing ex-FBI agent pleads for help from the US government. In the video, Levinson urges Washington to help him "answer the requests of the group that has held me for three and a half years," without...

Years After Vanishing in Iran, Proof Florida Man Is Alive

Robert Levinson has been missing for 4 years

(Newser) - This much we know: A 63-year-old retired FBI agent from Florida who disappeared in Iran four years ago is still alive, reports AP . Beyond that, it's a guessing game. It's still uncertain who is holding Robert Levinson, or where, or even why. The best guess is that Iranian government agents...

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