The Iranian government might be behind a number of photos and a video depicting an ex-FBI agent being held in captivity after he went missing in 2007, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
The photos and 54-second video showing Robert Levinson in captivity are most likely the works of the Iranian intelligence service, despite denials from the government, the Associated Press reported, citing U.S. officials.
The unnamed U.S. officials told the Associated Press that the sophistication of the transmittal of the photos and video indicates professional spies were responsible. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011 said U.S. forces believed Levinson was being held in South Asia, implying that terrorists were behind his capture and detention. Iran has denied any connection to the abduction.
Levinson disappeared on March 9, 2007, on Kish Island, which is just off the coast of Iran. He was working as a private investigator, and his family speculates he was looking into cigarette smuggling.
In the pictures, Levinson looks disheveled and has a long white beard. He’s wearing an orange jumpsuit and holding a sign that reads “I am here in Guantanamo. Do you know where it is?”
In another photo, a sign says “This is the result of 30 years serving for USA.”
An FBI spokeswoman told the Associated Press that the bureau “remains committed to bringing Bob home safely to his family,” as the sixth anniversary of his disappearance nears.
Levinson’s wife, however, said the authorities need to be doing more.
“It needs to come front and center again,” Christine Levinson told the AP. “There needs to be a lot more public outcry.”