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Ex-FBI agent who vanished in Iran: "Help me"
CBS ^

Posted on 12/09/2011 3:34:59 AM PST by nuconvert

Long after he vanished in Iran, retired FBI agent Robert Levinson reappeared in a video and a series of photographs sent to his family over the past year, transforming a mysterious disappearance into a hostage standoff with an unknown kidnapper, The Associated Press has learned.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 200703; 20070308; 201112; abduction; abductions; aliakbartabatabai; alitabatabai; boblevinson; davidbelfield; dawudsalahuddin; fbi; hassanabdulrahman; hostage; iran; kidnappings; kish; levinson; robertlevinson; salahuddin; tabatabai; video

1 posted on 12/09/2011 3:35:01 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

...not to worry, laser like Dumbo is on it....or he knows about it, ..or he thinks about it every morning when he gets up...or he “wants” to think about it, or he has spoken or ah, ah, ah, has has always said something...or ah, ah, ah, “I’m tough on terror, even though I want to make the FT Hood terror attack a incident of “workplace violence”..ah, ah, ah, if you love me.


2 posted on 12/09/2011 3:46:22 AM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: nuconvert

Pretty obvious that unarmed Americans shouldn’t be spending any time near Iran or a host of other muslim nations.

I pray for this guy and his family.


3 posted on 12/09/2011 4:03:18 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

I doubt if we’ve heard the whole story on this. How he came to engage on some job in Iran...has never been fully explained. I would imagine there is some type of Iranian ‘mafia’ connection to this whole story, but I can’t imagine how this would all connect up.


4 posted on 12/09/2011 4:11:04 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: nuconvert

Why would anyone named Levinson go to any dangerous Islamist country for ANY reason?


5 posted on 12/09/2011 4:23:35 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: driftdiver

>>I pray for this guy and his family.

+1


6 posted on 12/09/2011 4:23:58 AM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: nuconvert

If there have been demands from kidnappers over the year, why are we just hearing of this??? Something is strange.


7 posted on 12/09/2011 4:31:41 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: pepsionice

I think the original story had to do with him investigating cigarette smuggling on Kish Island. And yes, there may be some sort of Iranian ‘mafia’ involvement, as well as speculation that Russian mafia may have tipped off the Iranians.


8 posted on 12/09/2011 4:41:43 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Walkingfeather

The story about him has been out there for yrs, but it is strange that they’ve taken so long to release this info about a video or photos.


9 posted on 12/09/2011 4:45:16 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

If an ex-KGB agent was arrested, we would all assume it was espionage.

Continuously promoting Levinson as an ex-FBI agent only dooms his fate.


10 posted on 12/09/2011 4:50:37 AM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: nuconvert

“...investigating cigarette smuggling ...”

Wow....Cigarette smuggling...crime of the century, for sure.


11 posted on 12/09/2011 5:18:40 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Doogle
I want to make the FT Hood terror attack a incident of “workplace violence”

Call it by its correct name: mass murder.

12 posted on 12/09/2011 5:23:14 AM PST by Rapscallion (OBAMA speak his name with loathing for what he has done to America!)
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To: NFHale
Read up on Kish Island - lots of potential for criminal enterprises.
13 posted on 12/09/2011 6:11:45 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: nuconvert

What the hell is an ex-FBI agent doing in Iran to begin with?
Levinson. Man: he should have known better.

When you retire you should spend some time with the family not go to Iran.

Iran. You couldn’t give me a free 1st. class ticket there as a gift even if $100,000 dollars came with it.


14 posted on 12/09/2011 6:22:20 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Doogle

Do I detect a hint of sarcasm?


15 posted on 12/09/2011 6:24:10 AM PST by Valin (I'm not completely worthless. I can be used as a bad example.)
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To: af_vet_rr

I hear ya, af_vet...but we’ve got a “criminal enterprise” going on right here, right now with this admin letting gun sales to mexican gangs and drug cartels go through. Murdered border patrol agents resulted from it.

My point, I guess, is that the FBI’s time would be better spent investigating those in our own gov who are doing this.


16 posted on 12/09/2011 7:08:53 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

He was ex-FBI.
There were reports that he was working on private business and some have speculated that he may have been hired by Phillip Morris. I’ve never seen any confirmation of the Phillip Morris connection, but it does seem he was working outside the gov’t.


17 posted on 12/09/2011 8:15:13 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert
The story about him has been out there for yrs, but it is strange that they’ve taken so long to release this info about a video or photos.

Do you think it means he's dead?

18 posted on 12/09/2011 8:22:51 AM PST by GOPJ (Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred - Proverbs 15)
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To: GOPJ

I don’t know. But it doesn’t necessarily have to mean that. It could be that they’ve reached a dead end and thought that revealing the video/photos might lead to new possibilities.

One thing people have been very slow to understand about the IRI and it’s hostages/kidnap victims.....keeping quiet about it is the worse thing you can do. The more noise & publicity it gets, the better the chances are that the victim will be returned and sooner rather than later.


19 posted on 12/09/2011 8:32:48 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert
...hostages/kidnap victims.....keeping quiet about it is the worse thing you can do. The more noise & publicity it gets, the better the chances are that the victim will be returned and sooner rather than later.

This is true of most international hostage situations - but seems uniquely more so with Iranians. Odd.

20 posted on 12/09/2011 8:45:44 AM PST by GOPJ (Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred - Proverbs 15)
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To: nuconvert
"FBI agent Robert LEVINSON

Oy! Not good in IRAN!

21 posted on 12/09/2011 11:56:49 AM PST by Soothesayer9
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To: GOPJ

With countries that practice isolation at the high caliber that Iran (and North Korea, as another example) practice isolation, anything is possible. This ex-FBI agent might be dead, or he might be alive. Such countries love to “toy” with the free world.


22 posted on 12/09/2011 12:22:57 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: nuconvert
ummmmmmmmmmmmm... NO!!!
23 posted on 12/09/2011 2:51:28 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Valin

http://biggovernment.com/kmartin/2011/12/08/obama-administration-labels-the-fort-hood-massacre-as-a-case-of-work-place-violence/


24 posted on 12/09/2011 5:54:05 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: nuconvert; Grampa Dave; Cindy

1980 : (MD : AN AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSLIM CONVERT DAVID BELFIELD a/k/a HASSAN ABDULRAHMAN a/k/a DAWUD SALAHUDDIN ASSASSINATES ALI ACKBAR TABATABAI, ONE OF THE SHAH OF IRAN’S DIPLOMATS ; DAVID BELFIELD WOULD GO ON TO BECOME AN EDITOR FOR IRANIAN PRESS TV AND BE THE LAST PERSON TO SEE FORMER FBI AGENT LEVINSON ON MARCH 8, 2007 BEFORE HE WAS ABDUCTED FROM KISH, AN ISLAND OFF THE COAST OF IRAN)


25 posted on 09/29/2012 2:01:20 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

Interesting. Thanks


26 posted on 09/29/2012 5:37:34 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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