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Ex-FBI agent held hostage in Iran likely dead, US says

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Source: Middle East Eye

Ex-FBI agent held hostage in Iran likely dead, US says Robert Levinson, America’s longest-held hostage in Iran, believed to be dead, according to Trump administration MEE staff Wed, 03/25/2020 – 22:25 Levinson was last seen alive in 2010 video (AFP/File photo)

The Trump administration says former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished in Iran during an unauthorised CIA mission, died while in Tehran’s custody, according to a statement from his family.

Levinson’s family posted on Facebook details of intelligence they had received from US officials concluding that the ex-agent had died. While they did not say when he died, his family said that it had happened prior to the current coronavirus epidemic in Iran.

“We recently received information from US officials that has led both them and us to conclude that our wonderful husband and father died while in Iranian custody,” his family said in the statement.

Levinson was the longest-held hostage in Iran, according to the FBI. For years, the US had masked his undercover mission, saying he was a private citizen in Iran on business.

The Associated Press later uncovered that Levinson was on an unauthorised CIA mission, being paid by a team of analysts with no authority to

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