REPORT: Devastated family of American hostage in Iran says he has died, Trump responds

MARCH 25, 2020

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The family of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent held hostage in Iran, said U.S. officials informed them that he is dead.

“We don’t know when or how he died, only that it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the family said in a statement Wednesday.

The article goes on to state the following:

Levinson, who worked for 22 years as a special agent with the FBI, disappeared in Iran in 2007 while on an unsanctioned CIA intelligence-gathering mission. He is believed to be the longest-held America hostage, though Tehran has never acknowledged holding him.

President Trump was asked about the the report that Levinson had died during the White House coronavirus task force news briefing Wednesday afternoon. He acknowledged the seriousness of the issue, but said he had received no definite confirmation of Levinson’s death.

“I don’t accept it that he’s dead,” President Trump said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on March 9 (the 13th anniversary of Levinson’s abduction), “Bob Levinson’s family deserves answers from the Iranian regime after 13 horrible years of uncertainty. Bob must come home and the regime held accountable.”

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