• Two Americans Detained in Iran Are Not Coming Home

    January 20, 2016

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    Posted in: Embassy/State, NSA


    Four American prisoners, including detained Washington Post journalist Jason Resaian, Saeed Adedini, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, were released as part of a deal with the United States alongside the ending of many trade sanction against Iran. Iran also released a fifth American prisoner unrelated to the swap, student Matthew Trevithick.

    However good that news is, the fate of two other Americans believed to still be in Iran remains unknown.

    Authorities in Tehran said they would not be freeing a Iranian-American businessman arrested in October, and were silent on the fate of an CIA/DEA/FBI semi-undercover contractor who disappeared in the country.

    It was unclear why businessman Siamak Namazi, 44, an Iranian-American based in Dubai, was arrested in October in the first place. He was visiting a friend in Tehran, where he had done consultant work for over ten years without incident. Namazi is the son of a prominent family in Tehran. He immigrated to the United States in 1983, and he later returned to Iran after graduating from college to serve in the Iranian military.

    The fate of Robert Levinson, 67, pictured, is also unclear. Levinson, who worked at one time for the FBI, and also for the CIA, went missing on an Iranian island in March 2007. The island was reportedly a well-known stopover for smugglers bringing goods into Iran. Levinson is believed to have been looking into Iranian government corruption related to cigarette smuggling out of Dubai. The Iranians have never acknowledged holding Levinson.

    Levinson joined the FBI’s New York field office in 1978 after spending six years with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Eventually he moved to the Miami office, where he tracked Russian organized-crime figures.

    After retiring from the FBI in 1998, Levinson worked as a CIA contractor. Levinson was supposed to produce academic papers for the agency, but operated much like a case officer. Levinson traveled the globe to meet with potential sources, sometimes using a fake name. CIA station chiefs in those countries were allegedly never notified of Levinson’s activities overseas, even though the agency reimbursed him for his travel.

    In the world of covert intelligence, the use of such contractors can be a convenient means of gathering information without creating any true responsibility of the agency to protect or repatriate an American who is technically not a “spy” and officially not an employee of the U.S. government. For the sake of long-term relations, this also allows all nations involved to not be pressed into raising a disappearance into a significant bilateral issue if desired, as appears in the case of Levinson.

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    • Rich Bauer said...


      U.S. officials believe that Levinson, who suffered from diabetes, died in captivity after meeting with an American-born Islamic militant on Kish Island.

      01/20/16 7:51 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...


      OR mebbe Iran KNOWS The duplicitous son-of-a-Bush for the serial lying DEM RENEGING Poppy Company man he is and are consequently holding a few CIA cards for future insurance! :
      BTW :
      One more year!
      One More Year!!
      ONE MORE YEAR!!!

      01/20/16 11:41 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      ” For the sakes of long term” something, Do you work for peace and Justice ? Have a nice day. Free Chelsea

      01/20/16 4:51 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      and others

      01/20/16 4:51 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      quote”For the sake of long-term relations, this also allows all nations involved to not be pressed into raising a disappearance into a significant bilateral issue if desired, as appears in the case of Levinson.”unquote

      Yeah, and I bet the US has a few Russian and Chinese “contractors” disappeared to some secret prison too..just for under the table bargaining sake of course.

      Ya know, just seeing what those scumbag politicians in Flint Michigan have done, it wouldn’t surprise me if the USG isn’t hiding secrets of such depraved evil that it would make the entire planet collectively vomit…notwithstanding JFK.

      01/20/16 9:55 PM | Comment Link

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