Reports: American who went missing in Iran worked for CIA
Daniel Levinson (L) shows a picture of his father, ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson, holding his grandson Ryan during a press conference with his mother Christine at the Swiss embassy in Tehran, 22 December 2007.
December 13th, 2013
09:02 AM ET

Reports: American who went missing in Iran worked for CIA

By Susan Candiotti and Catherine E. Shoichet

A former FBI agent who went missing in Iran was working for the CIA there, not conducting private business as officials have previously claimed, The Associated Press and the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

Both the State Department and Bob Levinson's family have long denied he was working for the U.S. government when he disappeared on a trip to Iran in 2007.

But Thursday's reports from the Washington Post and the AP claim that Levinson had been on a CIA mission to dig up information.

A source who's involved in the matter told CNN that there's proof that Levinson worked for the CIA undercover and under contract while also working as a private investigator.


Filed under: CIA • Iran • Security Brief
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. simplyput

    I don't care who mr. levinson worked for; he has suffered enough deprivenza. Get him home; it's a disgrace to leave him, and I really don't care who's to blame. I'm sure not going to blame him. They're passing his resume around like they have no responsibility in bringing him home.

    December 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  2. Nodhel

    This does not come as any surprise to me and all sensible well thinking people. We know from a long time ago that there are many people . the so-call Business people, and some so-call Journalist , who goes to foreign countries, are not only there for legit business, they are also in the spy game!. but some countries are catching on, and now with the Edward Snowdon leak, Journalist better watch themselves.

    December 15, 2013 at 10:18 am | Reply
  3. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    December 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Reply
    • Judge Jean Boyd of Texas

      Please John, how are ever going to get a decent war off the ground with people like you bringing all that up? That needs to be kept swept under the rug. Besides, it may cure some people of their "affluenza" since it helps to fuel war fever among our young people! Enough is enough!

      December 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Reply

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