Driven to desperation by what he said have been the White House’s failures, Robert Levinson’s son traveled to Iran recently to seek information on his father’s whereabouts.
“In late February, I traveled to Iran’s Kish Island in the Persian Gulf, where my father was last seen,” Dan Levinson said in an op-ed published Thursday in The Washington Post.
“I delivered a letter addressed to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and other officials who I believe have knowledge of his abduction,” he wrote. “I met with officials from Iran’s Foreign Ministry and listened to the denials we have grown accustomed to over the years. I was told I’d be given an official response to my letter but have yet to receive one.”
Robert Levinson, who is Jewish, went missing in 2007 from Iran’s Kish Island during what has since been revealed as a rogue CIA operation.
Levinson, 68, of Coral Springs, Florida, was not part of a prisoner exchange with Iran in January that was timed to launch the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal. Instead, the Obama administration said Iran had pledged to help track him.
Dan Levinson in the op-ed said the Obama administration had missed opportunities to obtain information on his father, particularly during the talks last year that led to the nuclear rollbacks for the sanctions relief deal between Iran and six major powers.
Levinson charged that both Iranian and American leaders could do much more to help find his father and secure his release.
“If leaders there truly want to improve relations with the West, they must help secure my father’s release by following through on their commitment to cooperate with the United States in locating him. They certainly have the ability to do this. At the same time, the Obama administration must press harder to reach those few people with the power to send my father home,” he wrote.