US Hostage's Wife Appeals to Ahmadinejad
And Iranian president sits down with CNN
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2012 7:28 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in town, and the wife of a former FBI agent taken hostage in Iran in 2007 is taking advantage of that fact. The Iranian president "has said that he will investigate and he will have his people investigate," says Christine Levinson, whose husband, Robert, is believed to be held in Southwest Asia. "So we need to get him in touch with whoever can help us get the job done and get Bob home." With the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, Levinson has put up a billboard and subway signs to remind Ahmadinejad and UN delegates of her husband, ABC News reports. "I'm trying to make the public realize that my husband is the second-longest held hostage in American history," she says.

Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad—who will address the General Assembly tomorrow—used his visit as an opportunity to sit down with Piers Morgan on CNN last night and revisit his favorite topics, including bashing Israel, denouncing homosexuality, and questioning the existence of the Holocaust, among other things. On the topic of homosexuality: "I'm sorry. Let me ask you this. Do you believe that anyone is giving birth through homosexuality? Homosexuality ceases procreation. Who has said that if you like or believe in doing something ugly, and others do not accept your behavior, that they're denying your freedom?" Ahmadinejad said. "If you, if a group recognizes an ugly behavior or ugly deed as legitimate, you must not expect other countries or other groups to give it the same recognition." Click for more from the interview.