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Ex-FBI Profiler Gives Insight into Investigation into Missing 2 Year Old

Wife of Missing Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson Writes Letter to Commemorate Their 37th Wedding Anniversary

Robert Levinson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The wife of Robert Levinson, the ex-FBI agent who went missing from an Iranian island in 2007,  posted a letter “To my dear husband Bob” on the Internet on Friday to commemorate their 37th wedding  anniversary.  The letter from wife Christina  noted how painful the whole ordeal has been.

The U.S.  announced earlier this year that it believed Levinson, 63, was alive and being held in Southwest Asia. But Levinson has yet to surface.

The letter, which was posted on the website Help Bob Levinson, is as follows:

To my dear husband Bob,

On the occasion of the anniversary of our 37 years of marriage, just a few short weeks ago, I’m writing to you in hopes that this message finds you. This should be a time of celebration and instead it is a time of anxiety, pain and frustration.

When we took our vows, for better or for worse, never did I imagine the circumstances we find ourselves in.

This situation has thrust me into a position in which I feel lost and ill prepared.

I imagined us enjoying this time in our life together raising our children, seeing them off to college, watching them get married, starting families of their own and growing into productive citizens we are proud of.

Instead the last four years, separated from you, have been a living hell. I’ve lived with uncertainty, frustration and anticipation waiting for your safe return to us.

I am willing to do whatever is necessary to bring you home. At the same time I’m at a loss as to how I can do that.

These uncertain times all over the world further complicate what I, a wife and mother who has dedicated her life to her family, can do to influence change.

I remain hopeful that by the grace of God, you will soon walk through our front door and this nightmare will be over.

We will never get this time back which makes each day that passes all the more precious.

Know that our deep faith in God provides comfort and hope that you remain safe and cared for until we are reunited.

I will never abandon you.

Your loyal and devoted wife,

Christine

Iran Claims it Has “No Trace” of Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It’s tough figuring out the truth here.

Bloomberg news reports that Iran’s Foreign Ministry claims it has “no trace” of ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in 2007 from an Iranian island. The U.S. has said it believes he was abducted by Iranian agents.

If the U.S. has “consistent information, they can relay it to us,” Ramin Mehmanparast, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, told state TV today, according to Bloomberg. “Through collective effort, we could do a more effective search.”

The U.S. recently announced that it believed Levinson, 63, was alive and being held in Southwest Asia.

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An FBI Badge Vanishes From a Parking Lot in Northern Va.

fbi-badgeBy Glynnesha Taylor and Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — An FBI badge was inside a parked car one moment and gone the next.

News of the missing  badge first turned up in a blurb on  Thursday in a weekly section of the Washington Post that lists crimes in Fairfax County, a suburb of Washington.

The blurb simply noted the street , the 6600 block of Little River Turnpike,  and said: “An FBI badge and credit cards were stolen from a vehicle.”

Bud Walker, spokesman for Fairfax County Police,  said the incident occurred on May 9 at approximately 5:15 p.m. The vehicle was broken into in a shopping center parking lot. He said there was no damage to the car, but the door appeared to have been forced open.

Walker declined to say whether the vehicle was an official FBI car, but said the investigation is continuing into the missing badge.  The FBI confirmed that the victim was an FBI employee  from the Washington area.

“The reality is FBI employees, like anyone else, can and occasionally do become victims to property crimes such as theft and break-ins,” said Paul Bresson, a spokesman for the FBI at headquarters.

Wife of Retired FBI Agent Missing in Iran Pleads for Help 1,000 Days Later

Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The wife of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson marked the 1,000th day of her husband’s disappearance in Iran Thursday by talking about the anguish and pleading for help from the Iranian government to find out about his whereabouts.

“Today, Thursday, December 3rd, marks the 1,000th day since my husband, Robert “Bob” Levinson, went missing in Iran,” wife Christine Levinson wrote on the website set up to gather information on his whereabouts.

“To put 1,000 days in perspective – Bob disappeared less than a month after now-President Barack Obama first declared his candidacy, three and a half months before the iPhone was released and two weeks before 15 members of the British Navy were detained in Iran and subsequently freed. On a more personal level, 1,000 days ago our youngest son was 13; today he turns 16 years of age. It is not a happy birthday.‬‪” ‬

“Bob went missing on the Iranian island of Kish on March 9th, 2007. Kish Island is not even part of the Iranian mainland – it is a free trade zone that does not require a visa for entry. My husband expected to be on the island for just 24 hours – one day. But it has now been 1,000 days.”

“My family and I have spent almost three years seeking answers from the Iranian government, which I believe has the power to help us. We continue to ask for their assistance. We have no reason to believe Bob ever left Iran, and his passport has not shown up in any other country.”

The FBI issued a press release saying that it was continuing to seek information about Levinson’s whereabouts, and noting that he has seven children and two grand children.

“Although the FBI has note received any information from Iranian authorities to date about Mr. Levinsion, we are willing to cooperate fully with Iranian investigators in the our effort to find Mr. Levinson and bring him home safely.”

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Family Endures Pain of Missing ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

Are Iranian officials hiding this man? That is the big question.

By Lisa J. Huriash
South Florida Sun Sentinel
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Every day, one of Robert Levinson’s seven children cries for him and turns to the others for emotional support.

“The rest of us will console the one who’s upset,” said Dan Levinson, 23, the oldest son. “Everybody takes turns breaking down about it. Everybody tries to stay strong for the others. It just gets to you. It’s been two years, it’s been very frustrating.”

In March 2007, Robert Levinson, of Coral Springs, disappeared from Kish Island, a Persian Gulf resort that is also a smuggling hub. His family said the retired FBI agent, who was working as a private investigator, traveled there for a cigarette smuggling case.

Since then, Christine Levinson has devoted her time and energy to finding her husband and bringing him home. She flew to Tehran to pass out fliers written in Farsi, and hired an attorney there to file paperwork urging the government to open an investigation. She also traveled to Washington, D.C., on a mission to get diplomatic support to pressure Iranian officials to cooperate.
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FBI Confirms Frozen Remains of Lab Mice With Deadly Plague Were Lost

Most of the time, no one could give a rat’s behind about any missing mice. But when they’re infected with a deadly strain of plague, that’s another story.

BY TED SHERMAN AND JOSH MARGOLIN
Star-Ledger Staff
NEWARK — The frozen remains of two lab mice infected with deadly strains of plague were lost at a bioterror research facility at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark — the same high-security lab where three infected mice went missing four years ago.
The latest incident, which led to an FBI investigation, occurred in December but was never disclosed to the public.
University officials said there was no health threat.
The remains of the dead mice were contained in a red hazardous waste bag being stored in a locked freezer, according to the researchers. But an animal care supervisor could not account for them while preparing to sterilize and incinerate them.

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Justice Says Missing White House Emails Found

Funny how those emails seemed to turn up just at the right time.

By R. Jeffrey Smith
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — A Justice Department lawyer told a federal judge yesterday that the Bush administration will meet its legal requirement to transfer e-mails to the National Archives after spending more than $10 million to locate 14 million e-mails reported missing four years ago from White House computer files.
Civil division trial lawyer Helen H. Hong made the disclosure at a court hearing provoked by a 2007 lawsuit filed by outside groups to ensure that politically significant records created by the White House are not destroyed or removed before President Bush leaves office at noon on Tuesday. She said the department plans to argue in a court filing this week that the administration’s successful recent search renders the lawsuit moot.
Hong’s statement came hours after U.S. District Court Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. ordered employees of the president’s executive office — with just days to go before their departure — to undertake a comprehensive search of computer workstations, preserve portable hard drives and examine any e-mail archives created or retained from 2003 to 2005, the period in which e-mails appeared to be missing.
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