Ex-FBI agent’s son says US left his father rotting in Iran jail

Washington—The son of the longest-held civilian hostage in US history slammed the Obama administration for abandoning the ex-FBI agent in an Iranian jail.
Ex-CIA contractor and ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson has been missing for nearly a decade. Now 68, he disappeared in mysterious circumstances in March 2007 during a visit to the Iranian island of Kish.
He was reportedly investigating cigarette counterfeiting in the region.
After Iran released some US nationals it was holding following last year’s international nuclear deal, his father’s fate remains alarming, overlooked by Washington time and again, his son Dan Levinson wrote in an opinion in the New York Post.
“The White House and State Department have avoided acknowledging the basic fact that he is a hostage,” he said on Monday. “When pressed by a reporter about this, a State Department spokesman spent 3-1/2 excruciating minutes refusing to call him a hostage.”—Agencies

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