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Mr. Robert A. Levinson

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Levcor International Inc

Education

  • A.B. degree
    Dartmouth
  • MBA
    Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
199 Total References
Web References
Retired FBI agent Robert ...
www.cnn.com, 1 May 2015 [cached]
Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/21/us/iran-levinson-family-speaks/index.html">has been missing since 2007</a>. His family says he was working as a private investigator in Iran when he disappeared, and multiple reports suggest Levinson may have been working for the CIA. His family told CNN in January that they have long known that Levinson worked for the CIA, and they said it's time for the government to lay out the facts about Levinson's case. U.S. officials have consistently denied publicly that Levinson was working for the government, but they have repeatedly insisted that finding him and bringing him home is a "top" priority.
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Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/21/us/iran-levinson-family-speaks/index.html">has been missing since 2007</a>. His family says he was working as a private investigator in Iran when he disappeared, and multiple reports suggest Levinson may have been working for the CIA. His family told CNN in January that they have long known that Levinson worked for the CIA, and they said it's time for the government to lay out the facts about Levinson's case. U.S. officials have consistently denied publicly that Levinson was working for the government, but they have repeatedly insisted that finding him and bringing him home is a "top" priority.
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Robert Levinson - Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson has been missing since 2007. His family says he was working as a private investigator in Iran when he disappeared, and multiple reports suggest Levinson may have been working for the CIA. His family told CNN in January that they have long known that Levinson worked for the CIA, and they said it's time for the government to lay out the facts about Levinson's case. U.S. officials have consistently denied publicly that Levinson was working for the government, but they have repeatedly insisted that finding him and bringing him home is a "top" priority.
2013 November » GE Investigations Blog
geinvestigations.com, 1 Nov 2013 [cached]
This undated handout photo provided by the family of Robert Levinson, shows retired-FBI agent Robert Levinson, 64, dressed as a Guantanamo Bay detainee.
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This undated handout photo provided by the family of Robert Levinson, shows retired-FBI agent Robert Levinson, 64, dressed as a Guantanamo Bay detainee.
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This undated handout photo provided by the family of Robert Levinson, shows retired-FBI agent Robert Levinson, 64, dressed as a Guantanamo Bay detainee.
A retired FBI agent has become the longest-held American hostage in history, more than six years after he was kidnapped in Iran.
Robert Levinson, 65, has now been held for exactly 2,455 days - one day more than US journalist Terry Anderson who was released by his Iran-backed Hezbollah captors in 1991, according to the FBI.
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Levinson, wholeft the bureau in 1998, was working as a private investigator looking into cigarette smuggling on the Iranian island of Kish - a hotbed for organised crime - when he vanished in 2007.
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Longest-serving hostage: Levinson has now been held for exactly 2,455 days - one day more than US journalist Terry Anderson (pictured) who was released by his Iran-backed Hezbollah captors in 1991
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The photographs were released by the family to renew public interest in the case and come two years after a hostage video and photographs of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson raised the possibility that the missing American was being held by terrorists.
Levinson, a Private Investigator, disappeared in 2007 on the Iranian island of Kish.
The Iranian government has repeatedly denied knowing anything about his disappearance, and the disturbing video and photos that Levinson's family received in late 2010 and early 2011 seemed to give credence to the idea.
Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson (pictured far left) with his family in Coral Springs, Florida
Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson (pictured far left) with his family in Coral Springs, Florida
The extraordinary photos - showing Levinson's hair wild and gray, his beard long and unkempt - are being seen for the first time publicly after the family provided copies to the AP. The video has been previously released.
In response to Iran's repeated denials, and amid secret conversations with Iran's government, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement in March 2011 that Levinson was being held somewhere in South Asia.
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The implication was that Levinson might be in the hands of terrorist group or criminal organization somewhere in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
The statement was a goodwill gesture to Iran, one that the U.S. hoped would prod Tehran to help bring him home.
But nothing happened.
A progression of images released by the FBI which shows the aging and hair growth of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson from before his kidnap in 2007 (1st left) to the first image released of him in 2009 to a more recent CGI 2011 image of the hostage
A progression of images released by the FBI which shows the aging and hair growth of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson from before his kidnap in 2007 (1st left) to the first image released of him in 2009 to a more recent CGI 2011 image of the hostage
Levinson retired from the FBI in 1998 and became a private investigator. He was investigating cigarette smuggling in early 2007, and his family has said that took him to the Iranian island of Kish, where he was last seen
Levinson retired from the FBI in 1998 and became a private investigator. He was investigating cigarette smuggling in early 2007, and his family has said that took him to the Iranian island of Kish, where he was last seen
Two years later, with the investigation stalled, the consensus now among some U.S. officials involved in the case is that despite years of denials, Iran's intelligence service was almost certainly behind the 54-second video and five photographs of Levinson that were emailed anonymously to his family.
The level of expertise used to send those items was too good, indicating professional spies were behind them, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk publicly.
While everything dealing with Iran is murky, their conclusion is based on the U.S. government's best intelligence analysis.
The photos, for example, portray Levinson in an orange jumpsuit like those worn by detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay. The family received them via email in April 2011. In each photo, he held a sign bearing a different message.
P.I. & Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson with three of his daughters in Coral Springs in Florida before his disappearance
P.I. & Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson with three of his daughters in Coral Springs in Florida before his disappearance
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Robert Levinson with one of his grandchildren before his disappearance in 2007 on an Iranian resort island investigating cigarette smuggling
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Robert Levinson with one of his grandchildren before his disappearance in 2007 on an Iranian resort island investigating cigarette smuggling
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Though U.S. diplomats and the FBI have tried behind the scenes to find Levinson, of Coral Springs, Florida, and bring him home, both presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have said little about his case and have applied little public pressure on Iran for more information about Levinson's whereabouts.
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Though U.S. diplomats and the FBI have tried behind the scenes to find Levinson, of Coral Springs, Florida, and bring him home, both presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have said little about his case and have applied little public pressure on Iran for more information about Levinson's whereabouts.
DC Bureau
www.dcbureau.org, 17 April 2014 [cached]
Robert Levinson
The fate of missing former FBI agent and CIA contractor Robert Levinson is rooted in a secret history that is buried in distraction and misinformation. Levinson, who disappeared on the island of Kish off of Iran in March 2007, is like so many other failed CIA cases: rooted in a culture [...]]]>
Robert Levinson
The fate of missing former FBI agent and CIA contractor Robert Levinson is rooted in a secret history that is buried in distraction and misinformation. Levinson, who disappeared on the island of Kish off of Iran in March 2007, is like so many other failed CIA cases: rooted in a culture of secrecy and tinged with massive incompetence.
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It was an implausible and outrageous mission for Levinson to go to the island of Kish in March 2007 to try to recruit a U.S. murderer and fugitive. It put both of their lives in enormous danger without the possibility of an equivalent return.
Island of Kish
Sadly, I knew too well some of the individuals involved and why Levinson never stood a chance.
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Next Salahuddin proposed a meeting on the island of Kish. (More than a decade later, Bob Levinson would make that journey.) I traveled to Dubai with Thrasher, ABC News correspondent Tom Jarriel, and an ABC crew.
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So when Silverman suggested his old FBI source and friend Bob Levinson meet Salahuddin in March 2007 on Kish, Silverman, Levinson and Salahuddin knew their governments' intelligence services were involved.
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Levinson may have been an excellent FBI agent, but he had no intelligence background. His trip to Kish where he disappeared was delayed because he was going to travel to Iran with an Israeli stamp in his passport. It took a tobacco executive friend, not a CIA official, to warn him that the stamp would prevent him from ever leaving Dubai, much less reaching Kish. So Levinson delayed his trip until he could get a second passport without the stamp. "He compounded the first error by making way too many contacts with U.S. authorities in Dubai before embarking on his trip to nearby Kish," a U.S. intelligence official based in Dubai told National Security News Service. "The Iranians were fully aware of where Levinson was going and who Levinson was going to see."
News reports in December 2013 revealed that Levinson was a contractor for the CIA.
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Levinson also tried to lure him out of Iran where he could be arrested or killed.
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As proof of the amateur nature of efforts to find Levinson after his capture, I point to Silverman's approach to Sarkis Soghanalian for help.
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Most of the key players who created the animosity and paranoia are long dead, but their successors continue on while the citizens of both countries, including Levinson and his family, have to deal with the repercussions of decades old decisions.
No one is willing to say whether or not Levinson is alive or dead. It is a sad story. But Levinson operated outside of normal channels. He knew the risks. The New York Times reported that Levinson retired from the FBI to work as a contractor so he could make more money.
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Just read the litany of lies the NYT has printed that denied any hint of Levinson being a CIA contractor. I am quite miffed that he imagined I could be turned as an asset. Sure my not being a happy camper in Iran is well known but my sense is that they really underestimated the complexity in the way I see the world-which is not to say that it is anything extraordinary but they seriously over-rated what I could possibly offer or would be prepared to offer which was zilch. …
I sincerely hope Levinson gets off the hook here because that would be a real positive for the ongoing nuclear negotiations. The lapse in his release is a bit worrisome for me in this respect and suggests internal political bickering.
An FBI poster showing a ...
abclocal.go.com, 13 Dec 2013 [cached]
An FBI poster showing a composite image of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, right, of how he would look like now after five years in captivity. | Missing American in Iran was working for CIA US faces new pressure over missing CIA contractor | abc7.com
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WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration faced intensified pressure Friday to find former CIA contractor Robert Levinson - both from lawmakers and the Levinson family - nearly seven years after he disappeared in Iran during what now has been revealed as an unofficial spy mission.
Levinson's family urged the government "to step up and take care of one of its own. Members of Congress said they wanted to know more about the case, which led to three veteran analysts being forced out of the agency and seven others being disciplined.
Levinson vanished after a March 2007 meeting with an admitted killer on Kish Island, an Iranian resort. For years, the U.S. publicly described him as a private citizen who traveled to the tiny Persian Gulf island on business. But an Associated Press investigation revealed that Levinson actually was a contractor working for the CIA, and was paid by a team of agency analysts who were acting without authority to run spy operations to gather intelligence.
If he is still alive at age 65, Levinson has been captive longer than any other American known to be held overseas.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Levinson, who retired after 28 years at the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration, was not a U.S. employee at the time of his disappearance.
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Carney declined to discuss the case in detail but said numerous U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, have pressed Iran for help on finding and returning Levinson.
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The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said the U.S. believes Levinson is alive and is being held by the Quds Force, which is the special operations wing of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.
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Soon after his disappearance, the FBI began asking about Levinson's mission, and the CIA started a formal inquiry into whether anyone at the agency had sent Levinson to Iran or whether he was working for the CIA at the time. CIA analysts acknowledged he had done some work for them but said his contract was out of money. The CIA then told the FBI and Congress that the agency had no current relationship with Levinson, and there was no connection to Iran, according to numerous U.S. officials.
But in October 2007, emails uncovered between Levinson and CIA analyst Anne Jablonski revealed the agency had been involved with his mission to Iran.
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That inquiry quickly determined that the agency was responsible for Levinson while he was in Iran, according to a former official familiar with the review.
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"You'd have SO enjoyed being a fly on the wall today in our meeting about you," Jablonski wrote to Levinson, according to an email excerpt that was first reported Friday by The New York Times and verified to the AP by an independent person who has seen the document.
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"I hope this information does not impede the release of Mr. Levinson in any way," said Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee. "Many in the intelligence community believe this will push his captors to take his life. I pray this is not the case. The U.S. government is doing everything within its power to find Mr. Levinson and bring him home."
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It's not clear what effect the new revelations about Levinson will have on diplomacy between Washington and Tehran - or even if leaders in both capitals were already aware of them, said Jon Alterman, the Middle East Program Director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
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www.sec.gov, 7 Jan 2008 [cached]
0001092654 LEVINSON ROBERT A 110 WEST 40TH STREET NEW YORK NY 10018 1 1 1 0 Chairman, President & CEO
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