In 2007, an FBI agent disappeared in Iran and has been missing ever since except for a brief clip 8 years ago in which he begged for help.
His family says that Barack Obama ignored their plight for the entire years of his time in office but now say they have hope because President Trump has been paying special attention to the case.
“According to the last statement of Tehran’s Justice Department, Mr. Robert Alan Levinson has an ongoing case in the Public Prosecution and Revolutionary Court of Tehran.”
It seems like 12 years is a long time to wait for a trial. The government paid the family a 2.5 million dollar annuity in order to stop a lawsuit that would have exposed the nature of his work. The federal government is offering a 20 million dollar reward for information on his whereabouts and the FBI is offering another 5 million.
Iran’s response to the family comes as the Islamic regime is being crushed by U.S. sanctions over its nuclear program, which Iran has illegally restarted in defiance of an agreement they signed.
“Mr. Levinson disappeared from Kish Island, off the coast of Iran, on March 9, 2007. For years, United States officials would only say that Mr. Levinson, a meticulous F.B.I. investigator credited with busting Russian and Italian mobsters, was working for a private firm on his trip,” The AP added. “In December 2013, The A.P. revealed that Levinson had in fact been on a mission for C.I.A. analysts who had no authority to run spy operations. Mr. Levinson’s family had received a $2.5 million annuity from the C.I.A. in order to stop a lawsuit revealing details of his work, while the agency forced out three veteran analysts and disciplined seven others.”
The Washington Post reported that after the U.S. government “showed little evidence of working to free Levinson” under former President Barack Obama, the Levinson family believes that President Donald Trump has made the case a top priority
“We’re encouraged. This administration is engaged and completely committed to bringing my dad home,” the family told The Post. “They’ve taken it as a personal mission. I think they care passionately about bringing my dad and other Americans home.”