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Blinken calls family of likely deceased Jewish-American hostage on anniversary of kidnapping by Iran

Undated photo of CIA contractor and retired FBI agent Robert Levinson (AP/Levinson family)
Undated photo of CIA contractor and retired FBI agent Robert Levinson (AP/Levinson family)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the family of former FBI agent Robert “Bob” Levinson yesterday to mark 14 years since his abduction by Iran, his office says.

“In December, the United States sanctioned two high-ranking officials of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security who were involved in the abduction, detention and likely death of Bob Levinson. However, this case is not closed,” the State Department says in a statement.

“We call on the Iranian government to provide credible answers to what happened to Bob Levinson and to immediately and safely release all US citizens who are unjustly held captive in Iran. The abhorrent act of unjust detentions for political gain must cease immediately,” the statement adds.

US officials believe Levinson has died, his family declared last year.

Levinson, who was Jewish, is survived by his wife, Christine, seven children, and numerous grandchildren.

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