(Photo from Telegraph.co.uk)
Robert Levinson is an American private investigator and former FBI agent. He was kidnapped while conducting an investigation on the Iranian island of Kish in 2007 and was thought by most to be dead. In 2011, Levinson’s family received an anonymous email, which contained five pictures of Levinson and a video of Levinson begging the United States for help. The family brought the photos to Washington, but refused to release the information to the public, until now. When asked why Levinson’s wife decided to bring the photos and video to the Associated Press, she replied that the people in Washington were not making her husband’s freedom a priority.
The U.S. government has determined that a group of captors are holding Levinson in Iran. In each of the five photos that were sent to Levinson’s family, Levinson is holding a different sign. One says, ‘Help me.’ In the photo above, the sign makes a reference to Guantanamo Bay, which has led authorities to think that Al Qaeda could be behind this kidnapping.
Levinson just prior to kidnapping (Photo from NYDailyNews.com)
Levinson pleads in the video (see link below) for the U.S. government to come to his aid. He states that he served the U.S. for thirty-three years and deserves more attention. A father of seven, Levinson likely does not even know that he is now a grandfather to a four-year-old grandson.
Levinson’s family wanted to wait until after the Presidential campaign to release this story to the news so that it would not become a partisan campaign issue. Now they are waiting for the politicians to act. Perhaps by going public with this story, Levinson’s family feels that Washington will feel more pressure to act.
What do you think the United States should do under these circumstances? Levinson’s exact whereabouts are unknown, but he is somewhere in Iran and some sources say that the photos and video were produced with aid from the Iranian government. Has Washington put enough effort into recovering this U.S. national, who is most likely living a life of torture and horror?
Source: ABC News