President Trump doesn't believe former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Levinson is dead

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 27, 2020

Iran has no knowledge of the whereabouts of former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in the country in 2007, the spokesman for Iran's UN Mission, Alireza Miryousefi, said Thursday, in the wake of claims by his family that he had died in detention in Iran.

The FBI won't give up on "finding out what happened" to former agent Robert Levinson, who the US government believes died in the custody of the Iranians, according to an email FBI Director Chris Wray sent to the FBI workforce on Thursday.

It wasn't immediately clear why the Trump administration told the family that Levinson nearly certainly had died as an Iranian hostage if the President himself wasn't convinced of it.

But the family statement also said: "Those who are responsible for what happened to Bob Levinson, including those in the USA government who for many years repeatedly left him behind, will ultimately receive justice for what they have done". On March 9, the FBI's Washington field office noted the anniversary of Levinson's disappearance and called the date "another opportunity for the leadership of the government of Iran to finally return Bob home to his family".

The post continued, "Bob Levinson should have spent his last moments surrounded by his family and all the love we feel for him".

Mr Levinson disappeared in Iran 13 years ago from the island of Kish off Iran's southern coast.

"It's not looking good; he wasn't well for years anyway, in Iran", Trump said.

It mentioned on the time that the Central Intelligence Agency paid $2.5 million to Levinson's spouse Christine, accepting duty for his disappearance.

Levinson is considered one of various People who've disappeared in arch-enemy Iran however his case has been among the many most perplexing, together with his household till now insisting he was alive.

"This is the very definition of cruelty", the statement said. "Our family will spend the rest of our lives without the most awesome man, a new reality that is inconceivable to us".

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said in a statement: "While the investigation is ongoing, we believe that Mr Levinson may have passed away some time ago".

The Trump administration on November 4, 2019, offered a reward of up to $20 million for information about Levinson.

The family thanked President Trump and US officials for their efforts to find Levinson.

The Iranian government has never publicly acknowledged any role in Levinson's abduction, though at the time of his disappearance a government-affiliated media outlet broadcast a story saying he was "in the hands of Iranian security forces".

The family received a video in late 2010 as well as proof-of-life photographs in 2011 in which he appeared dishevelled with a long beard and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit like those given to detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison. But even then, his whereabouts and fate were not known.

"Iran has always maintained that its officials have no knowledge of Mr. Levinson's whereabouts, and that he is not in Iranian custody".

Levinson, who was Jewish, is survived by his wife, Christine, seven children, and numerous grandchildren.

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