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Man Sues NSA, FBI, DIA Over Investigations Involving Ex-South African Leader Nelson Mandela

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Did a CIA tip lead to Neslon Mandela’s 1962 arrest and subsequent 27 years of imprisonment in South Africa?

A Ph.D. candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ryan Shapiro, filed suit Tuesday against the NSA, FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency for failing to turn over records with a Freedom of Information Act Request, the Huffington Post reports.

Shapiro is investigating the extent to which the U.S. played a role in Mandela’s arrest

“The failure of the NSA, FBI, DIA, and CIA to comply with my FOIA requests for records on Mandela highlights that FOIA is broken and that this sad reality is just one component among many of the ongoing crisis of secrecy we now face,” Shapiro told The Huffington Post.

Family Takes Note of Former FBI Agent Robert Levinson’s Disappearance After Seven Years

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It has been seven long years since FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared while on a mission for the CIA in Iran.

“Today we remind the world that, after seven years, Bob is still not home with those who love him – his wife, sons, daughters, grandchildren and friends,” the family said in a emailed statement Friday, ABC News reports. “Bob’s continued imprisonment defies the humanity in all of us. After seven years, we have almost no words left to describe our life without Bob… We miss everything about [him]. No matter where we turn, Bob is absent.”

Levinson was retired from the FBI when he was kidnapped from Kish Island off Iran’s coast on March 9, 2007.

Only recently was it discovered that Levinson was working as a freelance spy for the CIA.

The family’s attorney expressed anger that the real story of his work as a CIA was never divulged.

“[R]ather than acknowledge what they had done and try and save Bob’s life, they denied him,” McGee said.

FBI Takes Note of the 7th Anniversary of the Disappearance of Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI issued a press release on Friday denoting the seven-year anniversary of the disappearance of former FBI agent Robert Levinson.

The release said that Levinson, who turns 66 on March 10, retired from the FBI in 1998. On March 8, 2007, he traveled to Kish Island, Iran, “as a private investigator. He went missing the next day and is now one of the longest-held Americans in history.”

The release makes no mention of his wife Christine Levinson’s statements in January to CBS that her husband was a consultant for the CIA.

The FBI announced two years ago that it was offering a $1 million reward in the case.

“Bob’s absence over the past seven years has exacted an enormous toll on his family, and we will not waver in our commitment to bringing him home safely to his loved ones and his country,” FBI Director James B. Comey said in a statement. “We continue to request the assistance of our international partners, as well as the Islamic Republic of Iran, and we continue to ask anyone with information regarding Bob’s disappearance to contact the FBI.”

Restaurant at Sochi Olympics Bans FBI, CIA Agents in Anger Over Cold War

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Not everyone is welcoming of U.S. law enforcement authorities.

At the Sochi Olympics, a restaurant billboard indicated, “We do not serve FBI and CIA agents,” Ground Report writes.

Associated Press photographer Jae C. Hong spotted the wooden billboard outside an eatery in Sochi.

Another sign read, “We remember the Cold War.”

The CIA’s primary mission was the Soviet Union during the Cold War, Ground Report wrote.

Wife of Missing FBI Agent in Iran Demand More Information from FBI About Husband

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The wife of Bob Levinson, a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran nearly seven years ago, is fed up and said she wants the world to know the truth about her husband.

“He was working as a consultant for the CIA,” his wife, Christine Levinson, told CBS News.

Levinson wants the FBI to divulge details of her husband’s work with the CIA.

In 2011, the family received documents, pictures and a video of Bob Levinson apparently in detention in Iran.

NY Times Reporter James Risen Goes to Supreme Court Over Confidential Sources

Reporter James Risen

By LUCY MCCALMONT
Politico

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for New York Times reporter James Risen have filed a petition to the Supreme Court on Monday to request that the court take up his case to recognize reporter’s privilege.

It is the latest development in the ongoing battle Risen faces against the the government over confidential sources. Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling has been accused of leaking information to Risen on the agency’s operations. The government is seeking Risen’s testimony in a separate case against Sterling. An earlier decision by the 4th Circuit in 2013 stated Risen was not entitled to reporter’s privilege.

In the petition filed Monday, Risen’s representation said that due to confusion and conflict in prior interpretations regarding both Risen’s and similar cases, the Supreme Court should take up the case.

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U.S. Senator Offers to Fly to Iran to Help Find ex-FBI Agent Who Has Been Missing Since 2007

 

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A U.S. Senator offered Tuesday to travel to Iran if it would help locate former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished in the country in 2007, NBC 3 News reports.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., may have a hard time finding information, though. 

 

Sen. Nelson

The last images showing Levinson alive are from early 2011, and Iranian officials insist they have no idea where Levinson is.

Nelson’s decision comes a week after it was reported that Levinson was working secretly as a CIA operative.

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Levinson Family Wants to Meet with New FBI Director After News That He Worked for CIA

 

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The family of former FBI agent Robert Levinson wants to meet with the new agency’s new director following recent reports that he was working for the CIA when he vanished, CNN reports.

FBI Director James Comey was supposed to meet with the family before the recent revelations but has delayed his meet-up, the family attorney, David McGree, said.

That meeting will still take place, the FBI said, once Comey become more available after extensive traveling since taking over in September.

Levinson, now 65, was in Iran in 2007 when he went missing.

Iranian authorities insist they don’t have Levinson or know where he is.