Statement by Christine Levinson, Wife of Robert Levinson, in Response to President Obama’s Statement

We are grateful to President Obama for raising Bob’s case today and to the FBI for recently increasing the reward to $5 million.  Both of these actions give us renewed hope.  Bob is the center of our family.   In the name of all our children and grandchildren, I again implore those who are holding Bob to show mercy and restore him to us.

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Statement by the President on U.S. Citizens Detained or Missing in Iran

https://m.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/20/statement-president-us-citizens-detained-or-missing-iran

Statement by the President on U.S. Citizens Detained or Missing in Iran

The spirit of family is deeply woven into all of the rich cultural traditions of the Nowruz holiday.  It is a time for reuniting and rejoicing with loved ones and sharing hopes for the new year.  Today, as families across the world gather to mark this holiday, we remember those American families who are enduring painful separations from their loved ones who are imprisoned or went missing in Iran.

Saeed Abedini of Boise, Idaho has spent two and a half years detained in Iran on charges related to his religious beliefs.  He must be returned to his wife and two young children, who needlessly continue to grow up without their father.

Amir Hekmati of Flint, Michigan has been imprisoned in Iran on false espionage charges for over three and a half years.  His family, including his father who is gravely ill, has borne the pain of Amir’s absence for far too long.

Jason Rezaian of Marin County, California, an Iranian government credentialed reporter for the Washington Post, has been unjustly held in Iran for nearly eight months on vague charges.  It is especially painful that on a holiday centered on ridding one’s self of the difficulties of the past year, Jason’s mother and family will continue to carry the heavy burden of concern regarding Jason’s health and well-being into the new year.

And finally, we recently marked yet another anniversary since Robert Levinson went missing on Kish Island.   His family has now endured the hardship of his disappearance for over eight years.

At this time of renewal, compassion, and understanding, I reiterate my commitment to bringing our citizens home and call on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately release Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati and Jason Rezaian and to work cooperatively with us to find Robert Levinson so that they all can be safely reunited with their families as soon as possible.

In honor of the familial spirit so strongly enshrined within this holiday and for the Abedini, Hekmati, Rezaian, and Levinson families, I hope this new spring is filled with joyous moments for us all with all of our loved ones by our sides.

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Reward Increased to $5 Million in Robert Levinson Case

http://www.fbi.gov/news/news_blog/reward-increased-to-5-million-in-robert-levinson-case

Reward Increased to $5 Million in Robert Levinson Case

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Robert Levinson went missing from Kish Island, Iran, on March 9, 2007.

On March 9, 2007, retired FBI agent Robert Levinson went missing from Kish Island, Iran, and today, on the eighth anniversary of his disappearance, the FBI has increased its reward to up to $5 million for information leading directly to his safe location, recovery, and return. Levinson, who will turn 67 tomorrow, is now one of the longest-held American hostages in history.

“Today we mark eight years since Bob disappeared in Iran, and we are increasing the reward for his location and safe return to his family,” said FBI Director James B. Comey. “We ask anyone with information to contact the FBI. It is long past time for Bob to come home.”

Anyone with information regarding Levinson or his captors is encouraged to contact the FBI at https://tips.fbi.gov. Information will be kept confidential and can be provided anonymously.

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Statement for the March 9th Anniversary of Hostage Bob Levinson

From the family of Robert Levinson -

Robert Levinson has been held hostage for eight years – since March 9, 2007, when he was last seen on Kish Island, Iran.  He is the longest-held hostage in American history.  Tomorrow, March 10th, is his 67th birthday.

Every year on this date we remind the world that Bob’s case is still not resolved and that this husband, father and grandfather is still not home where he belongs.  But we, his family, have been reminded every single day of the past eight years because of the enormous hole in our lives that will only be filled when Bob is back with us.  We need to see him, hear his voice, and hold him.  To help the world remember this extraordinary human being, here is a link to the hostage video we received in 2010 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=knjx0E2xLc0 and photographs we received in 2011 http://www.fbi.gov/levinson.  We have heard nothing since.  We urge the governments of Iran and the United States to work together to resolve this case and send Bob home, so he can live the rest of his life quietly, surrounded by the family that loves him.

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State Department Calls on Iran to Release American Prisoners

Found here:  http://bit.ly/1otdFZ8

By Phillip Swarts – The Washington Times – Friday, August 29, 2014

Marking the three-year anniversary of the arrest of a U.S. citizen in Iran, the State Department called upon the Islamic government to release all Americans detained by the nation.

“The United States remains committed to returning all of them to their families, friends and loved ones,” the agency said in a press release.

Friday marks the third anniversary since Amir Hekmati was arrested on espionage charges. The U.S. government has stated that the charges are false and that Mr. Hekmati traveled to Iran to visit family.

The agency also called for the release of Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor supposedly arrested due to his religious beliefs; and Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter. Mr. Rezaian’s wife, Yeganeh Salehi, is a writer for a Middle Eastern paper and is also being held.

 

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Bob’s Voicemail Message


2,467 days. Seven years ago today, Bob Levinson was abducted while on Kish Island, Iran. He still remains held as a hostage.

Our sister was able to save a voicemail that Dad left on her cell phone from January 2007, two months before he was taken.

We are sharing this with all of you today, on the seventh anniversary of his kidnapping.

The voicemail speaks for itself as you will hear how it encompasses everything that is good and right about our amazing dad.

Please continue to be outraged that he is still being held. This is humanity at its worst.

Bob Levinson has devoted his entire career to serving our country. He deserves better than this.

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Moment of Silence for Bob Levinson, Friday, March 7, 2014 at 3pm EST

The Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Society) and the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) are asking the 20,000 members of both associations to observe a moment of silence on Friday, March 7 at 3:00pm EST to mark the seventh anniversary of the disappearance of former Special Agent Robert Levinson.

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Statement from the family of Robert Levinson

This Sunday, March 9, 2014, will mark seven years since Robert Levinson was kidnapped while visiting Kish Island, Iran.  He was taken hostage on March 9, 2007, and is the longest-held hostage in American history.

 

Today we remind the world that, after seven years, Bob is still not home with those who love him - his wife, sons, daughters, grandchildren and friends.   Bob’s continued imprisonment defies the humanity in all of us.

 

After seven years, we have almost no words left to describe our life without Bob.  We miss his face, his voice, his laughter, his wisdom and his embrace.  We miss everything about Bob.  No matter where we turn, Bob is absent.

 

Bob will be 66 years old on Monday, March 10.  We continue to be extremely worried about his health, especially due to his advancing age and the harsh conditions that he is enduring.  We pray that he is receiving the medical care he may need.

 

We ask those who are holding Bob to show mercy and send him home to us so he may live out the rest of his life quietly and in peace.    We ask the government of Iran to resolve Bob’s case on humanitarian grounds so he may safely return home.  We ask the U.S. government to recognize its duty to bring home one of its own who was taken while serving his country.

 

Bob, if you are able to see or hear this message, we urge you to be strong.  You have two new grandsons: One was born just three weeks ago; the other is four months old - the same age our oldest grandson was when you were first kidnapped.  Our love for you grows each day, and we pray for that moment when we will be reunited as a family.

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for more information about Bob’s case, including  photos and video, visit www.helpboblevinson.com or www.facebook.com/helpboblevinson

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CBS Evening News, January 21, 2014

ByBob Orr CBS News January 21, 2014, 7: 27 PM

Robert Levinson was working for CIA in Iran, wife says

Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson seen captive in this undated photograph. Levinson family

NEW YORK — For the nearly seven years Robert Levinson has been missing, his wife has backed the U.S. government’s claim that Levinson was kidnapped in Iran while working as a private detective investigating cigarette smuggling.

 

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Christine Levinson
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 But on Tuesday, for the first time, Christine Levinson confirmed her husband Bob was also working for U.S. intelligence. “He was working as a consultant for the CIA,” she told CBS News. “He was also a private investigator. He was able to do both at the same time in his travels.”

Christine Levinson confirmed that as her husband worked on private initiatives, he would also funnel information to the CIA from time to time.

Her lawyer, David McGee, said the U.S. government should make a similar public admission to Iran in a bid to win Levinson’s release.

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David McGee
CBS News

“There is no further value in continuing to deny what everyone in the world knows to be the truth,” McGee said.

McGee added it was their hope that if the U.S. would say Levinson worked for the CIA, the admission might be enough of a show of good faith that the Iranians would respond.

Levinson has had no direct contact with his family since his capture in March 2007. In 2010, documents detailing Levinson’s “arrest and detention in Iran” were anonymously emailed to his wife, who later received pictures and a short videotape.

The video sparked hope he’d soon be released.

“Leads were followed up, and investigations were made, but we have not gotten any new information about Bob,” Christine Levinson says, noting there were no further videos or photos from Iran.

Intelligence sources agree Levinson is likely alive and still in Iran — but for now, still out of reach.

How is Iran reacting to Levinson CIA revelation?

Iran’s English-language state broadcaster reported on Robert Levinson, but said what the Iranian government has been saying all along: that Iran …

“I love my husband,” Christine Levinson says. “I believe that wherever he is, he is trying as hard as he can to get back to his family.”

The Iranians have not publicly admitted they are holding Levinson, but his family is hoping improving U.S. and Iranian relations over the nuclear issue may provide an opportunity for some kind of prisoner trade. Christine Levinson intends to travel to Iran to make a personal plea.

In response to Christine Levinson’s comments, National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said in a statement:

“Since Bob Levinson disappeared, the U.S. government has vigorously pursued and continues to pursue all investigative leads.  President Obama raised Bob’s case in his phone call with President Rouhani in September, and Secretary Kerry has also raised Bob’s case directly with Iran’s foreign minister.  We continue to be focused on doing everything we can to bring Bob home safely to his family.  This remains a top priority of the U.S. government.  We reiterate our request to the Government of Iran to work cooperatively with us to ensure that Bob returns safely to his family.”

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Statement from the Levinson Family, December 20, 2013

Several members of our family met today with FBI Director Comey in Washington, DC, as we continue to call on the US government to fulfill its moral obligation to Robert Levinson‎.  We thank Director Comey for his personal commitment to do everything in his power to bring Bob home.

We also have requested new meetings with Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama. We are waiting to hear from them.

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