New Photos of Kidnapped American Released
US officials believe Iran knows where he is
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff | Suggested by Ghille
Posted Jan 9, 2013 2:46 AM CST
Updated Jan 9, 2013 6:28 AM CST
This undated photo provided by the Levinson family shows retired FBI agent Robert Levinson.    (AP Photo/Levinson Family)

(Newser) – The family of kidnapped former FBI agent Robert Levinson has released chilling photographs received in early 2011. The photos show Levinson, who disappeared in Iran while working as a private investigator in 2007, clad in an orange jumpsuit and holding signs with captions including, "I am here in Guantanamo. Do you know where it is?" and "This is the result of 30 years serving for USA." Iran denies knowing anything about the kidnapping but US officials suspect the country's intelligence service was involved, the AP reports.

Officials speaking under condition of anonymity say investigators have concluded that the photos and a video were sent by a professional intelligence service like Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security. American diplomats and the FBI have been working behind the scenes to find Levinson, but his wife, who believes he is still in Iran, says she decided to release the photographs because the US has not put enough pressure on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government. "There isn't any pressure on Iran to resolve this," she says. "It's been much too long."

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bewilderbeast
Jan 14, 2013 8:54 AM CST
"Officials . . say investigators have concluded that the photos were sent by a professional intelligence service like Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security". Yeah, and they would know because that's how the US "intelligence" service behaves.
apocalypso
Jan 10, 2013 1:11 PM CST
LOL, an FBI agent participating in an obvious hoax kidnapping intended to stir up anti-iranian sentiment in the US. Sorry, this looks as real as yellow-cake uranium or Sarah Shourd. I don't buy a word of it. They ramp up this "Iran did it!" propaganda every couple of months. All they're doing is testing the waters to see when Americans will be stupid enough to support the next phase of their plan to destabilize the middle east. Won't have long to wait, will they? Nah... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RC1Mepk_Sw
john09
Jan 9, 2013 12:50 PM CST
Hey guys, Sean Penn here. I've hacked John09's account. Just wanted to say...good! I'm glad the American Imperial Colonialist is locked up in benevolent Iran. If you disagree, you're a fucking racist.