December 9th, 2011
01:01 PM ET

Video surfaces of American who vanished in Iran

Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent who went missing in Iran nearly five years ago, appeared in a video that his family posted online Friday.

His wife, Christine Levinson, told CNN that the family received the video "a little more than a year ago."

In the video, Robert Levinson, a Florida man who disappeared in Iran in March 2007, said he was not in very good health and was running out of diabetes medication.

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  1. saywhat

    What was an FBI agent doing in Iran?

    December 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. gung hoe

    @saywhat investiGating

    December 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. BOMBO

    Private contracter. But that still doesn't explain why he's there.

    December 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. saywhat

    Investigating what ? And and on whose say so? Did the Iranians ask for help?

    December 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. BOMBO

    The full story link has more details. He was working as a PI looking into cigarette smuggling in the area. What I think is more of a question is WHY did he take a case that would send him to Iran? I don't care what they pay me, no way would I do that.

    December 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. matt

    O hope they will be ok.

    December 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. banasy©

    His wife said they received this video over a year ago?
    Hmmm.
    Interesting.

    December 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. DNadeau

    Alot of people who retire from the FBI go onto work for the CIA covertly, this guy was likely kidnapped by Iran's revolutionary guard. Most spies are executed, and I am sure the state dept has wagered for this guys release and failed. Sucks for him, I have no remorse for rogue intel agents vanishing in hostile lands. You make your own bed and eventually you lay in it.

    December 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Hilarioustoseeit

    saywhat

    What was an FBI agent doing in Iran?

    December 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Simple .. he was there doing what hypocrites love to do: making money, handing out favors and thinking that he and all his friends are above all laws in every country just like France and others.... like the Italian American facebook student-
    Soon to write books about all those big lawless adventures.

    Whats her name again?

    December 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. fernace

    This story is very light on info! Why did the family wait over a year to say the man isn't really missing? What is he doing there? Is he undercover or conducting his own investigation? It would be nice to get some more info about this case!!

    December 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Tactical Conflict Management Solutions

    One thing we have learned about the IRG and OC is from Simply Jack our Iranian friend south of the border. It would appear that they need help at least when it comes to contacting the right people. Why would Mexico be any different to the North Caucasus and Russian OC.

    December 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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