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Iranian Official: No Trace of Ex-FBI Agent Who Vanished in Country 6 Years Ago

 

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The case of the former FBI agent who went missing in Iran six years ago remains a mystery.

There’s no evidence that Robert Levinson is in Iran, the country’s Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Associated Press.

“What we know is that he is not incarcerated in Iran,” Zarif said. “If he is, he’s not incarcerated by the government and I believe the government runs the, pretty much, good control of the country.”

It was revealed last week that Levinson was actually working for the CIA when he disappeared.

U.S. Calls for Release of Former FBI Agent Held Since March 2007 in Iran

Robert Levinson/photo helpboblevinson.com

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

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.

Ex-FBI Agent Becomes Longest-Held American Hostage Ever After Disappearing in Iran in 2007

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Robert Levinson vanished 2,456 days ago.

That makes the retired FBI agent the longest-held American hostage, according to the New York Daily News.

Journalist Terry Anderson was held hostage for 2,454 days. He was freed in 1991 by the Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon, according to the Daily News.

Levinson worked at the FBI’s New York Field Office for 28 years.

He disappeared in March 2007 when was working as a private investigator in Iran, looking into cigarette smuggling.

Two Men Arrested in Alleged Plot to Blow Up Commuter Rail Between Toronto and U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two men accused of plotting to blow up a major commuter rail between Toronto and the U.S. were arrested Monday, Newsday reports.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the attack involved al-Qaida “elements” in Iran but did not pose imminent danger, Newsday wrote.

The FBI helped investigate.

Police said the attack was still in the development stages and included blowing up a bridge used by the rail.

“This is the first known al-Qaida planned attack that we’ve experienced in Canada,” RCMP Superintendent Doug Best said in the news conference.

Secret Service Calls “Inaccurate” a Report in The Atlantic About an Agent Discharging His Gun and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service on Thursday issued a statement, calling “inaccurate” a story in The Atlantic entitled “How the Secret Service Almost Shot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.”

Ed Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman, stated:

“In September of 2007, one of our personnel assigned to the Iranian presidential protective detail accidentally discharged one round from a Heckler & Koch MP-5 into the floorboard of a Secret Service vehicle while conducting an equipment inspection. At the time of the discharge the vehicle was parked in a motorcade staging area at the United Nations. There were no protectees or foreign security personnel in the vicinity of the vehicle at the time of the discharge. There were no injuries sustained by anyone as a result of the incident.”

“The Secret Service takes weapons handling and safety very seriously and a full investigation was conducted by our Inspection Division at that time. This matter was handled internally and in an appropriate manner.”

The Atlantic reported that President George Bush’s daily intelligence brief contained this: “A U.S. Secret Service agent, in an apparent accident, discharged his shotgun as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was loading his motorcade at the InterContinental Hotel yesterday.”

The Atlantic wrote:

The agent was adjusting the side-mounted shotgun on one of the motorcade’s armored follow-up Suburbans when it discharged. “Everyone just stopped. The Iranians looked at us and we looked at the Iranians. The agent began to apologize. Ahmadinejad just turned his head and got into his car.” And that was it.

 

How a Secret Service Agent Inadvertently Fired a Shotgun at Iranian President Motorcade

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

In a chilling close call in September 2006, a Secret Service agent inadvertently fired his shotgun as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was loading a motorcade, The Atlantic reports.

The Secret Service called the report inaccurate.

The Atlantic reported that the agent was adjusting a shotgun on a Suburban when the gun went off .

“Everyone just stopped,” one official recalled to the Atlantic. “The Iranians looked at us and we looked at the Iranians. The agent began to apologize. Ahmadinejad just turned his head and got into his car.”

Fearing Ahmadinejad would reveal the incident – one that could be incorrectly seen as an assassination attempt – federal authorities were relieved when the president never uttered a word.

The incident just became public because of an anonymous source who was there.

Ed Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service issued a statement Thursday:

“In September of 2007, one of our personnel assigned to the Iranian presidential protective detail accidentally discharged one round from a Heckler & Koch MP-5 into the floorboard of a Secret Service vehicle while conducting an equipment inspection. At the time of the discharge the vehicle was parked in a motorcade staging area at the United Nations. There were no protectees or foreign security personnel in the vicinity of the vehicle at the time of the discharge. There were no injuries sustained by anyone as a result of the incident.

The Secret Service takes weapons handling and safety very seriously and a full investigation was conducted by our Inspection Division at that time. This matter was handled internally and in an appropriate manner.”

 

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Iran Says It Wants to Help Find Out About Whereabouts of Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Have we heard this before?

The Associated Press reports that Iran’s foreign minister says his country is prepared to help find out what happened to retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished six years ago while traveling to the Iranian island of Kish.

Iran has indicated in the past that Levinson is no longer in Iran.

 

Iran Denies Knowing Whereabouts of Long-Missing Retired FBI Agent Robert Levinson

Missing Retired FBI Agent Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Iran said Tuesday it has no information on the whereabouts of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished in the country nearly six years ago, Naharnet reports.

“We have announced that we do not have any information regarding the issue,” foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanaparast told reporters in his weekly briefing.

The statement comes after Levinson’s wife, Christine Levinson, released photos of her husband wearing an orange jumpsuit, at one point holding a placard that read, “Why You Can Not Help Me.”

Officials believe Levinson was on Iran’s Gulf island of Kish investigating cigarette smuggling when he disappeared in March 2007.

Levinson’s disappearance has strained relations between the U.S. and Iran, Naharnet wrote.