January 21st, 2014
08:32 PM ET

Wife of American hostage held in Iran: "This is a nightmare"

(CNN) - The family of Bob Levinson, who disappeared from Iran seven years ago, has long known he worked for the CIA - a fact they once feared disclosing because the U.S. government told them it could put Levinson in even more jeopardy. Now, they believe it could be the key to bringing him home.

Members of Levinson's family offered the revelation in an interview with CNN on Tuesday, in which they accused the U.S. government of failing to do enough to find and free the missing American and prodded it to act before it's too late.

The family said it's time for the government to lay out the facts about Levinson's case.
"I hope they are hearing our request that (U.S. government officials) acknowledge what he was doing over there and they understand that the family does want this acknowledged now," the missing man's son, Dan Levinson, said. "And we think it would be more of a positive step to getting him home."


Filed under: Iran • News
December 16th, 2013
09:02 PM ET

Report: Missing American Robert Levinson worked for CIA

The family of a man who was kidnapped in Iran nearly seven years ago is now demanding a meeting with the FBI, saying the U.S. government has 'abandoned' him.

Last week, several major news outlets reported that Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent, who went missing in March of 2007 was actually working undercover for the CIA.

According to the reports, the FBI, the State Department and even the White House knew of Levinson's CIA connection, but continued to say he was a civilian at the time of his disappearance.

Levinson's family last heard from him in 2010 in the form of a 'proof of life' video and now, they're demanding to know why more hasn't been done to bring him home.

CNN's Jim Sciutto has more.

Filed under: International • Iran • News
December 13th, 2013
08:37 PM ET

Is American held in Iran working for the CIA?

Was American Bob Levinson secretly working for the U.S. government when he disappeared in 2007 in Iran?

According to the White House, absolutely not, as Press Secretary Jay Carney stated today.

But the Washington Post says Levinson was under contract with the CIA when he vanished. CNN National Correspondent Susan Candiotti has been on this story for years and is OutFront tonight with more details.

Filed under: International • Iran • National Security
November 27th, 2013
01:25 PM ET

U.S. lawmakers question Iran nuke deal

The Obama administration is pulling out all the stops to try to convince lawmakers in its own party that its new deal with Iran, is a good deal.

The state department said Tuesday that Secretary of State John Kerry is sending a video to all members of Congress in which he outlined "in very basic terms" what the Iran deal does and what it doesn't do.

Secretary Kerry is also making phone calls to his former colleagues to try to convince them to give his diplomacy a chance.

The fear?

Lawmakers - including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid - still intend to consider possible new sanctions against Iran right after the administration agreed to loosen sanctions, in exchange for temporary restraint on Iran's nuclear program.

State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki is OutFront.

Filed under: International • Iran • News
November 26th, 2013
09:02 PM ET

Iran rejects U.S. version of nuke deal

Iran lashes out - rejecting the U.S.'s interpretation of the nuclear deal.

According to a spokeswoman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, "What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva ... which is not true."

At the same time, Secretary of State John Kerry is going on a full court assault to sell the deal's talking points to his own party - sending them a video outlining what it's in the deal, and calling for one-on-one consultations.

So what does the Obama administration think about Iran's accusation it is "lying"?

State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki is Outfront.

Filed under: International • Iran • News
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