The CIA has been blamed for covering up its relationship with Levinson, which may have delayed an effort to find him.
“There were a lot of mistakes made by the CIA in the handling of it,” said Ellen Glasser, a former president of the FBI alumni group who has closely tracked Levinson’s case. “I believe that because of the way it was handled by the CIA, the matter didn’t probably get the immediate attention that it deserved when he disappeared in 2007.”
Iran’s state-owned Press TV reported in 2007 that Levinson was “in the hands of Iranian security forces.”
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