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World Trump urges Iran to release ex-FBI agent Levinson

06:50  11 november  2019
06:50  11 november  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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Levinson , an ex – FBI agent well into a second career as a private detective, had disappeared over a decade earlier from a hotel on Iran 's Kish Island. To the Levinson family, that explained why the government had not adequately pursued his release over the years, or in a prisoner swap the Obama

Levinson disappeared from Iran 's Kish Island on March 9, 2007. For years, U.S. officials would only say that Levinson , a meticulous FBI investigator credited Iran has offered a series of contradictory statements about Levinson in the time since. It asked the U.N. group to close its investigation into

President Trump took to Twitter late Sunday to urge Iran to release the retired FBI agent who had been missing in the country since 2007 and said it would be a very positive step toward easing tensions between the two countries since provocations on the Strait of Hormuz.

Robert Levinson wearing glasses posing for the camera© Provided by Fox News Network LLCa screen shot of a man: Former FBI agent vanished 10 years ago in Iran© FoxNews.com Former FBI agent vanished 10 years ago in Iran

Robert Levinson’s disappearance has been the source of intrigue. He vanished during an unauthorized CIA mission.  Iran acknowledged on Sunday that there is an open Revolutionary Court case involving Levinson.

“If Iran is able to turn over to the U.S. kidnapped former FBI Agent Robert A. Levinson, who has been missing in Iran for 12 years, it would be a very positive step,” Trump tweeted.

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The Iranian government must release information about missing former Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI ) agent Robert Levinson who disappeared in Iran more than nine years ago, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said at a rally on Friday in Coral Springs, Florida.

Levinson disappeared from Iran ’s Kish Island on March 9, 2007. For years, U.S. officials would only say that Levinson , a meticulous FBI investigator credited Iran has offered a series of contradictory statements about Levinson in the time since. It asked the U.N. group to close its investigation into

If Levinson is alive, he would be the longest-held prisoner in U.S. history.

Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the State Department would offer $20 million on top of a $5 million reward already posted for information leading to Levinson’s recovery and return.

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The AP revealed  in 2013 that Levinson-- at 58-- had been on a mission for CIA analysts who had no authority to run spy operations. Levinson’s family had received a $2.5 million annuity from the CIA in order to stop a lawsuit revealing details of his work, while the agency forced out three veteran analysts and disciplined seven others.

Fox News' Brie Stimson and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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