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Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:20 PM

Family: US believes ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson has died

Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has concluded that retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished more than a decade ago, has died while in the custody of Iran, his family said Wednesday.

Shortly after the family’s announcement, President Donald Trump told reporters that “I won’t accept that he’s dead,” even though his own acting national intelligence director appeared to confirm the news with a statement conveying sympathies for the Levinsons.

The family said in a statement posted on Twitter that it had no information about how or when Levinson had died, but that it occurred before the recent coronavirus outbreak. The family said information that U.S. officials had received led them to conclude that he is dead.

U.S. officials communicated the news to Levinson’s family in a meeting in Washington in recent weeks, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private encounter. The person said the information about Levinson had come from Iran’s foreign minister.

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By ERIC TUCKER
43 minutes ago


Read more: https://apnews.com/bb3c94bead049e3af250a7df443b77ea




FILE - In this March 6, 2012 file photo, an FBI poster showing a composite image of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, right, of how he would look like now, left, taken from the video, released by his captors in Washington during a news conference. The family of retired FBI agent Levinson said Wednesday, March 25, 2020, that U.S. government officials have concluded that he has died while in the custody of Iran. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:14 PM

1. Why did he go to Iran? nt

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Response to SylviaD (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:45 PM

2. wiki claims he was on a mission for the CIA. Levinson's travel was planned by three CIA officials

who did not follow the proper vetting process or seek the necessary approval for the mission from their supervisors. Kish Island in the Persian Gulf is a free-trade zone, meaning Americans do not need a visa to enter, a tourist destination and stronghold of international organized crime. In 2008 the CIA forced the CIA officials to turn in early resignations and disciplined seven others after an internal investigation determined they were responsible for sending Levinson on the mission to Iran. He retired from the FBI in 1998 and had become self-employed as a private investigator. he suffered from type 1 diabetes, gout, and hypertension

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Response to yaesu (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:05 PM

3. Thanks for the background

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