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Documents May Be Breakthrough In Case Of FBI Veteran Robert Levinson, Who Vanished In Iran

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ABC News

Documents May Be Breakthrough In Case Of FBI Veteran Robert Levinson, Who Vanished In Iran

By James Gordon Meek

 Levinson, a veteran agent and specialist in Russian organized crime, vanished on March 9, 2007, after arriving on the remote Kish Island while working on a murky CIA contract for intelligence analysts at the agency. For the first seven years he was missing, U.S. officials said Levinson was working as a private investigator and was "not a U.S. government employee."

The purported Iranian files took on new significance after the U.N. revealed Tehran had recently admitted to having an "ongoing" judicial inquiry into Levinson, at the same time a more precise English translation of the Farsi-language documents his family has had for nine years appeared to reveal that his arrest in 2007 was from a "judicial" order by the Iranian military.
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The word "judicial" had been missing in an English translation by the FBI of the apparent 2007 arrest order given to the family years ago.

News of the Iranian admission to the U.N. this month was followed by the Trump administration upping the reward for information leading to Levinson's recovery to $25 million -- the same amount offered in the past for information leading to the location of terrorist leaders Osama bin Laden and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/International/documents-breakthrough-case-fbi-veteran-robert-levinson-vanished/story?id=67169441