Diary shows how quest for love landed Navy vet in Iran jail
The Navy veteran kept a handwritten document detailing the nearly two years he spent imprisoned in Iran. The love interest he'd gone to visit had stopped seeing him and he'd idled away hours in his hotel room by himself. “I don’t want the government of Iran to think that, 'Oh, Mike White's out of here, he's going away, he's going to be quiet,'" he said in a recent interview. White ultimately faced various charges, including posting private images, collaborating with the U.S. against Iran and disrespecting Iran's supreme leader. He writes in his manuscript that he has indeed made social media posts about Iran but denies having disparaged Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
For first time, U.S. formally blames Iran for presumed death of former FBI agent Robert Levinson
The Trump administration Monday formally blamed Iran for the first time for the presumed death of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, publicly identifying two Iranian intelligence officers believed responsible for his abduction. In a statement Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iranian officials "authorized Levinson's abduction and detention and launched a disinformation campaign to deflect blame from the regime." Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson seen captive in this undated photograph. Levinson familyIn his statement, Pompeo blamed two high-ranking intelligence officers by name — Mohammad Baseri and Ahmad Khazai — for their role in Levinson's abduction. Even then, his whereabouts and fate were not known, and the Iran government has persistently denied having any information about Levinson.cbsnews.com
US blames Iran in abduction, death of ex-FBI agent Levinson
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration for the first time on Monday formally blamed Iran for the presumed death of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, publicly identifying two Iranian intelligence officers believed responsible for his abduction and imposing sanctions against them. “The abduction of Mr. Levinson in Iran is an outrageous example of the Iranian regime’s willingness to commit unjust acts,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. The Iranian intelligence officers, Mohammad Baseri and Ahmad Khazai, are alleged to have been involved in Levinson's abduction and probable death. The men have met with intelligence officials from other countries and also led delegations, U.S. officials say. Even then, his whereabouts and fate were not known, and the Iran government has consistently denied having any information about Levinson.
US court: Iran owes $1.4B over ex-FBI agent presumed dead
Tensions remain high between the U.S. and Iran amid President Donald Trump's maximalist pressure campaign over Tehran's nuclear program. In a ruling dated Thursday, the U.S. District Court in Washington found Iran owed Levinson's family $1.35 billion in punitive damages and $107 million in compensatory damages for his kidnapping. The court cited the case of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died in 2017 shortly after being freed from captivity in North Korea, in deciding to award the massive amount of punitive damages to Levinson's family. In a statement, Levinson's family called the court's award “the first step in the pursuit of justice.”“Until now, Iran has faced no consequences for its actions,” the family said. In December 2013, the AP revealed Levinson in fact had been on a mission for CIA analysts who had no authority to run spy operations.
Detained US Navy veteran freed by Iran as part of deal
White, a Navy veteran who's been detained in Iran for nearly two years has been released and is making his way home, with the first leg on a Swiss government aircraft. White's release was cheered by Trump, whose administration has said it considers the release of detainees and hostages a priority. Despite widespread speculation, Whites release was not related to the deportation to Iran this week of Iranian scientist Sirios Asghari, the officials said. Trump administration officials in recent months stepped up public pressure to release White. The U.S. has also urged Iran to release other Americans jailed in Iran.
Trump says doesn't accept Levinson dead, but 'not looking great'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had not been told that former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran in 2007, is dead but said things did not look good. I dont accept that hes dead, Trump told a briefing of his coronavirus task force. Its not looking great, but I wont accept that hes dead. They havent told us that hes dead, but a lot of people are thinking that thats the case.Levinson has been missing since visiting Irans Kish Island in 2007. Iranian officials have repeatedly denied knowledge of his disappearance or of his whereabouts.feeds.reuters.com
Iran calls ex-FBI agent's case a 'missing person' file
DUBAI Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman says an open Revolutionary Court case involving an ex-FBI agent who disappeared there in 2007 on an unauthorized CIA mission does not involved criminal charges against him. The comments by Abbas Mousavi on Sunday at a news conference, carried live by Iran's state-run Press TV, came after news of the case involving Robert Levinson became public Saturday. Mousavi said the case "was just a file about a missing person." He said the case was opened on "the basis of good will and humanitarian issues." Levinson disappeared from Iran's Kish Island on March 9, 2007.
US issues $20 million reward for American missing in Iran
The State Department claims Levinson was taken hostage in Iran with the involvement of the Iranian regime. Combined with a $5 million reward already in place from the FBI, this makes a total of $25 million available to the person or persons providing information about Levinson. Bob Levinson must come home, and Iran's hostage-taking as government policy must end." The senior officials used the anniversary to call on Tehran to release all missing and wrongfully detained Americans, including Levinson, Xiyue Wang, Siamak Namazi and others. The sanctions target individuals in Khamenei's office, the armed forces and the judiciary.
Levinson family feels "betrayed and devastated" after U.S.-Iran prisoner swap
President Obama vows the U.S. will work hard to free Robert Levinson, after Iran released five Americans this weekend. Levinson, a former FBI agent, disappeared more than eight years ago in Iran. He was working as a consultant for the CIA. Levinson is the longest-held American hostage ever. In their first interview since the U.S.-Iran prisoner swap, Levinson’s wife, Christine, and their son, Daniel, join “CBS This Morning” to discuss why they feel betrayed by the U.S. government.cbsnews.com