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Deal with Iran Leaves Behind Robert Levinson, Former FBI Agent Who Disappeared in 2007

Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Iran freed five detained U.S. citizens Saturday, one family is still heartbroken.

Still missing is Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent who disappeared off Iran’s Kish Island in March 2007.

“We are happy for the other families. But once again, Bob Levinson has been left behind,” the Levinson family said on Facebook. “We are devastated.”

His family said Levinson was discussed with Iran as part of a deal that led to the release of five Americans in exchange for the clemency of seven Iranians in the U.S., but Iranian officials insisted they don’t know where the 67-year-old is, ABC News reports. 

On Sunday, the FBI released the following statement:

Today, the United States celebrates the safe return of four American citizens detained by the government of Iran to their families and loved ones. Unfortunately, the family of retired FBI agent Robert “Bob” Levinson still waits. Bob went missing from Kish Island, Iran in March 2007, and for almost nine years now, Bob’s wife, children, and grandchildren have waited for the release of their loved one. Bob forever remains part of the FBI family, and we remain committed to bringing him home safely to the family who misses him so much. The FBI expects our Iranian counterparts to fulfill their commitment to locate Bob and help bring him home safely.

FBI Agents Association Wants International Community to Step Up Efforts to Release Former Agent Robert Levinson from Iran

Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethwire.com

On Saturday, the day the U.S. announced that Iran had released five people,  including a Washington Post reporter ,  the FBI Agents Association  (FBIAA) called on the international community to redouble its efforts to gain the release of former FBI Agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran in 2007.

“FBIAA urges the U.S. and international community to press Iran for information on the disappearance of Bob Levinson,” said  FBIAA President Renaldo Tariche in a statement.  “We ask anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to come forward with any information that could bring Bob back home.”

Levinson is a retired FBI Agent who served 22 years with the FBI and six with the DEA.  Levinson traveled to Kish Island, Iran as a private investigator and vanished March 9, 2007. The FBI has been investigating the case.

“Bob’s former colleagues have not forgotten him.  We continue to stand with the Levinson family,” said Tariche.  “Bob, married for 38 years with seven children, has missed more than nine years of accomplishments and milestones in the lives of his children.   Each day brings renewed heartache to his family and friends.  We celebrate today’s release of Americans, but the world should not forget Levinson’s continued unjustified imprisonment and continue to work for his release.”

FBI Increases Reward for Missing Retired Agent Levinson to $5M

Robert Levinson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Retired FBI Agent Robert Levinson was kidnapped eight years ago this month while traveling to an Iranian island, making him one of the longest-held U.S. residents in history.

CNN reports that the FBI has increased the reward for information on Levinson, who also turned 67 this month, from $1 million to $5 million.

“Levinson traveled to Kish Island, Iran, on March 8, 2007, working on behalf of several large corporations, and his whereabouts, well-being and the circumstances surrounding his disappearance have been unknown since that time,” it said in a statement.

Secretary of State John Kerry urged Iran to cooperate.

“He has spent more than 2,900 days separated from those who love him, and is one of the longest held U.S. citizens in history. Year after year, the family has endured the pain of his absence. It is time for him to come home,” Kerry said.

FBI Takes Note of the 7th Anniversary of the Disappearance of Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI issued a press release on Friday denoting the seven-year anniversary of the disappearance of former FBI agent Robert Levinson.

The release said that Levinson, who turns 66 on March 10, retired from the FBI in 1998. On March 8, 2007, he traveled to Kish Island, Iran, “as a private investigator. He went missing the next day and is now one of the longest-held Americans in history.”

The release makes no mention of his wife Christine Levinson’s statements in January to CBS that her husband was a consultant for the CIA.

The FBI announced two years ago that it was offering a $1 million reward in the case.

“Bob’s absence over the past seven years has exacted an enormous toll on his family, and we will not waver in our commitment to bringing him home safely to his loved ones and his country,” FBI Director James B. Comey said in a statement. “We continue to request the assistance of our international partners, as well as the Islamic Republic of Iran, and we continue to ask anyone with information regarding Bob’s disappearance to contact the FBI.”

U.S. Senator Offers to Fly to Iran to Help Find ex-FBI Agent Who Has Been Missing Since 2007

 

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A U.S. Senator offered Tuesday to travel to Iran if it would help locate former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished in the country in 2007, NBC 3 News reports.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., may have a hard time finding information, though. 

 

Sen. Nelson

The last images showing Levinson alive are from early 2011, and Iranian officials insist they have no idea where Levinson is.

Nelson’s decision comes a week after it was reported that Levinson was working secretly as a CIA operative.

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Iranian Official: No Trace of Ex-FBI Agent Who Vanished in Country 6 Years Ago

 

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The case of the former FBI agent who went missing in Iran six years ago remains a mystery.

There’s no evidence that Robert Levinson is in Iran, the country’s Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Associated Press.

“What we know is that he is not incarcerated in Iran,” Zarif said. “If he is, he’s not incarcerated by the government and I believe the government runs the, pretty much, good control of the country.”

It was revealed last week that Levinson was actually working for the CIA when he disappeared.

U.S. Calls for Release of Former FBI Agent Held Since March 2007 in Iran

Robert Levinson/photo helpboblevinson.com

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It seems like a long shot.

The U.S. is calling for the release of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who Monday became the longest-held American hostage ever, the Associated Press reports.

Levinson has been missing since a business trip to Iran’s Kish Island in March 2007.

“It is our view that all of these Americans should have the opportunity to come home,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. “The U.S. government has made a respectful request of the Iranian regime during this holiday season to consider on humanitarian grounds releasing these three Americans, or at least releasing the two Americans we know are detained and locating the whereabouts of the third, Mr. Levinson.”

Levinson’s release became a topic as the U.S. began negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program.

His release sure would make the holidays brighter for his family.

Ex-FBI Agent Becomes Longest-Held American Hostage Ever After Disappearing in Iran in 2007

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Robert Levinson vanished 2,456 days ago.

That makes the retired FBI agent the longest-held American hostage, according to the New York Daily News.

Journalist Terry Anderson was held hostage for 2,454 days. He was freed in 1991 by the Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon, according to the Daily News.

Levinson worked at the FBI’s New York Field Office for 28 years.

He disappeared in March 2007 when was working as a private investigator in Iran, looking into cigarette smuggling.

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