US believes ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson died in Iran: Family

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The United States authorities has concluded that retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared greater than a decade in the past, has died whereas within the custody of Iran, his household mentioned Wednesday.

The household mentioned in a press release posted on Twitter that it had no details about how or when Levinson had died, however that it occurred earlier than the current coronavirus outbreak. The household mentioned info US officers had obtained led them to conclude that he’s lifeless.

“It is impossible to describe our pain,” the household’s assertion mentioned. “Our family will spend the rest of our lives without the most amazing man, a new reality that is inconceivable to us. His grandchildren will never meet him. They will know him only through the stories we tell them.”

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Levinson disappeared on March 9, 2007, when he was scheduled to fulfill a supply on the Iranian island of Kish. For years, US officers would solely say that Levinson was working independently on a personal investigation. But a 2013 Associated Press investigation revealed that Levinson had been despatched on a mission by CIA analysts who had no authority to run such an operation.

“Those who are responsible for what happened to Bob Levinson, including those in the US government, who for many years repeatedly left him behind, will ultimately receive justice for what they have done,” the household assertion mentioned. US officers haven’t confirmed the conclusion cited within the household’s assertion. 

The household obtained proof-of-life photographs and a video in late 2010 and early 2011, however his whereabouts and destiny weren’t recognized.

In November, the Iranian authorities unexpectedly responded to a United Nations question by saying that Levinson was the topic of an “open case” in Iranian Revolutionary Court. Though the event gave the household a burst of hope, Iran clarified that the “open case” was an investigation into his disappearance.

The announcement of his dying comes simply weeks after a federal choose in Washington, DC, held Iran accountable for his disappearance, saying the nation was “in no uncertain terms” accountable for Levinson’s “hostage-taking and torture”.

Iranian officers didn’t instantly touch upon Levinson’s household’s assertion.