Bob Levinson's Family Says US Concludes He Died in Iran

  • Bob Levinson's Family Says US Concludes He Died in Iran

Bob Levinson's Family Says US Concludes He Died in Iran

"We don't know when or how he died, only that it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic". "Our family will spend the rest of our lives without the most awesome man, a new reality that is inconceivable to us".

The Levinson family vowed to seek justice against both the Iranian regime and American officials who spared any effort to bring him home.

We extend our deep appreciation to President Trump and the members of his Administration - National Security Adviser Robert C. O'Brien, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, CIA Director Gina Haspel, and FBI Director Christopher Wray - and their staff, who have done all they could to make our family whole again.

In their statement, the Levinson family condemned the Iranian regime, promising to continue to seek justice in their patriarch's death and to hold accountable "those in the US government who for many years repeatedly left him behind". They were sent three emails from his captors, who didn't identify themselves and demanded millions of dollars and the release of several prisoners in exchange for Levinson's release. His grandchildren will never meet him.

At the time of the disclosure, his family said the USA government failed to make his recovery the priority it should have been.

On Wednesday at the White House, he said: "I've been very much involved in that and he was a great gentleman and a great family".

The family additionally saluted the "men and women of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, active and retired, who did their best to bring our husband and father home", acknowledging that his rescue was "a personal mission for hundreds of agents and others who worked on this case over the years".

The family of Robert Levinson, a federal agent missing for over 13 years, has announced US officials conclude he has died in Iran custody before the global coronavirus pandemic.

"Those who are responsible for what happened to Bob Levinson, including those in the U.S. government who for many years repeatedly left him behind, will ultimately receive justice for what they have done", the family said.

The family said it does not know when or if Levinson's body will be returned for burial.

Levinson, who suffered from diabetes, was last seen in a hostage video sent anonymously to the family in 2010, and then in still photographs three years later in which he was wearing an orange jumpsuit, of the kind used in the USA detention camp on Guantánamo Bay. The outlet noted that Levinson was "the longest-held hostage in US history".

In November, Iran acknowledged for the first time in a filing with the United Nations that there was an "ongoing case" in the Public Prosecution and Revolutionary Court of Tehran for Levinson, despite having previously denied knowing about his whereabouts. Though the development gave the family a burst of hope, Iran clarified that the "open case" was an investigation into his disappearance. The family had sued for $1.5 billion in damages.