It seems like a long shot.
The U.S. is calling for the release of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who Monday became the longest-held American hostage ever, the Associated Press reports.
Levinson has been missing since a business trip to Iran’s Kish Island in March 2007.
“It is our view that all of these Americans should have the opportunity to come home,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. “The U.S. government has made a respectful request of the Iranian regime during this holiday season to consider on humanitarian grounds releasing these three Americans, or at least releasing the two Americans we know are detained and locating the whereabouts of the third, Mr. Levinson.”
Levinson’s release became a topic as the U.S. began negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program.
His release sure would make the holidays brighter for his family.