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Iran to Look for Missing U.S. Man
Iran said Wednesday it will look into the disappearance of an American man in Iran, a State Department spokesman said. The missing man has been identified as a former FBI agent.
Iran replied to a U.S. request for information or help, and asked for additional details about the missing man's travel itinerary, State Department spokesman Tom Casey said. The response came through Swiss intermediaries in Iran.
"We'll see if they come up with anything, but they certainly didn't have any specific information," about the man, Casey said.
The United States and Iran have no diplomatic relations, but do exchange information through neutral Swiss diplomats.
Ex-FBI Mob Specialist Mystery
The disappearance of a "maverick" former FBI agent has left police and intelligence agencies confused.
Mafia specialist, Robert Levinson, was last seen on Kish Island and was believed to be in Dubai. However, senior police officials in the UAE claim to have no knowledge of Levinson.
The US Embassy in Abu Dhabi has contacted Iran in an attempt to find the missing citizen.
Brigadier Khamis Mattar Al Muzainah has denied reports claiming that officials from the USA’s Federal Bureau of Investigation are in the UAE looking for a former agent who is said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
Missing American in Iran being "Detained": The Spying, Antisemitism, or Counterfeiting Connection?
The truth of the matter is he has been in the hands of Iranian security forces since the early hours of March 9, and his inability to communicate with his family or his company, has raised the alarm about his health, safety and whereabouts. Speaking to PRESS TV on condition of anonymity the sources made clear that aside from the obvious inconvenience, the person is being well looked after.....
The sources also said that the matter, though routine, has been complicated by the mounting tensions stemming from repeated American threats against Iran, actual ongoing covert actions within Iran run by the Americans and the particulars of the man's background with the FBI.....
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
Only report I have found concerning Levinson's possible detainment in Iran, I am not familiar with the source but the article does have some interesting angles on why this man could be in Iranian hands.
Originally posted by ThePieMaN
that seems only to be a blog site of some sort. I think its more the authors opinion then anything.
Former FBI agent held in Iran, associate tells FT
The Financial Times quoted Dawud Salahuddin -- himself a U.S. citizen wanted by U.S. authorities for an alleged murder in 1980 -- as saying he and Levinson had shared a hotel room on the Gulf island of Kish on March 8.
Iranian officials in plain clothes came to the room and detained and questioned Salahuddin about his Iranian passport, Salahuddin said. On his release a day later Levinson had disappeared, and the Iranian officials told Salahuddin he had left Iran.
"I don't think he is missing, but don't want to point my finger at anyone. Some people know exactly where he is," Salahuddin told the newspaper. "He came only to see me."
U.S. officials have said they believe he is in Iran but have no credible information about his exact whereabouts. It is not clear why Levinson visited Iran.
Diplomats fear the case of Levinson could mark a new twist in a series of detentions involving the United States, Britain and Iran, which began with the holding of five Iranians by U.S. forces in Iraq in January and the capture by Iran of 15 British sailors who were freed earlier this month.
The case concerning Levinson is murky, with contradictory versions of events. But U.S. officials say they have no credible evidence yet to determine what may have happened to Levinson or whether he could be in Iranian custody.
Before going to Kish, Levinson visited the U.S. consulate in Dubai but details have not been given of that meeting. However, the State Department insists Levinson went to Iran on private business and was not working for the U.S. government.
Originally posted by cavscout
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
A formal letter delivered to Iran through Swiss channels requesting information?
Great, so now the world has turned into some dysfunctional sitcom?
This had me chuckling.
*sitting around diner table*
U.S.: "Swiss, can you please ask Iran to pass the salt?"
Swiss: "Iran, the US would like you to pass the.....
Iran: "I heard them! Tell them if they aren’t talking to me, then they can get their own damn salt."
Swiss: "Iran says that if ..."
US: "You tell Iran that I don’t want to talk to them if they don’t even care enough to pass me a little salt!"
Swiss: "I hate you two! All you do is argue!" (runs to room crying)
[edit on 2-4-2007 by cavscout]
Originally posted by osram
They should have left him rot in prisons over there.
After all it's private business. So he shouldn't be treated any better than they treat us regular citizens.
And who can proove that he is really doing private business?
He might be enganging missions in Iran for US purpose, and they only tell us that he had private business, to cover-up their secret little operations in Iran.
This is a real person we're talking about, not some fabricated "agent." He's done good work for the states, good decent work, and doesn't deserve to have to deal with this stuff.