Robert Levinson missing in Iran: FBI offers $1M
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) today announced a $1 million reward for “information leading directly to the safe location, recovery and return of Robert A. Levinson,” a retired FBI agent who went missing in Iran in 2007 and is suspected of being held captive there.
The FBI confirmed the move to GlobalPost as the group made the announcement to reporters in Washington.
The news comes just days ahead of the five-year anniversay of Levinson’s disappearancefrom Iran’s vacation spot, Kish Island, on March 9, 2007.
The former agent, whom US officials believe is still alive, is set to turn 64 years old this week.
The move is also part of a ratcheted-up public-relations offensive by the US on Levinson’s behalf, the NY Times reported the FBI as saying. The US
reportedly has plans for fresh radio broadcasts about him and billboards carrying his image throughout Afghanistan, Pakistan and other areas in southwest Asia.
The last contact Levinson’s family is believed to have had with their missing relative came in a 2010 video, in which he sits in a temporary prison pleading, “help me get home,” reported The Guardian.