Iranian officials have renewed their denials that they have any information about a former FBI agent abducted in 2007 off the coast of the country, according to a report by AFP.
Last week, unnamed U.S. officials told the Associated Press that they believed the Iranian government was behind the distribution of several photographs and a video of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson. The photos and video, sent in late 2010 and early 2011, were the latest sign that Levinson was being held in captivity. The U.S. officials said the sophistication of the transmission of the images and video indicate the involvement of professional spies, pointing to the Iranian government.
But Iran today again denied any knowledge of Levinson’s whereabouts.
“We have announced that we do not have any information regarding the issue,” said foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanaparast in a weekly briefing, according to the AFP.
Levinson disappeared in 2007 on Kish Island, which is located just off the coast of Iran. He was working as a private investigator, and his family believes he was looking into cigarette smuggling. Last year, the FBI offered a $1 million reward for information leading to Levinson’s safe return, and the bureau said last week it is still investigating his abduction.