WASHINGTON, March 25, 2020 — The U.S. government has closed the case on missing F.B.I. Agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared over ten years ago while in the custody of Iran. The family released a statement on Twitter, that they believe he has died, based on information the U.S. government provided them.
Levinson disappeared in 2007, when he was set to meet a source on the island of Kish. For years, American officials would not divulge any information about what Levinson was really doing, other than working independently on a private investigation.
The Associated Press investigation discovered that Agent Levinson was sent to Iran by CIA analysts, who had no power to run an operation there.
“Those who are responsible for what happened to Bob Levinson, including those in the U.S. government who for many years repeatedly left him behind, will ultimately receive justice for what they have done,” the family statement said.
The last time the family received proof-of-life and a video in 2010 and 2011, but his whereabouts and fate were not known.
In November, the Iranian government unexpectedly responded to a United Nations query by saying that Levinson was the subject of an “open case” in Iranian Revolutionary Court. Though the development gave the family a burst of hope, Iran clarified that the “open case” was an investigation into his disappearance.
The announcement of his death comes just weeks after a federal judge in Washington held Iran liable for his disappearance, saying the country was “in no uncertain terms” responsible for Levinson’s “hostage taking and torture.”
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