American missing in Iran was on rogue CIA mission

The American Robert Levinson, who disppeared on Iranian Kish island in 2007, is now confirmed to have been on what US intelligence officials describe as a rogue mission at the direction of CIA analysts with no authority to run overseas operations. Three veteran analysts were later forced out of their jobs. But before that, CIA officials told Congress and the FBI that Levinson did not have a relationship with the agency and played down its ties with him. Ultimately,  the agency assumed responsibility and paid compensation to his wife. Levinson’s whereabouts remain unknown. Investigators can’t even say for certain whether he’s still alive. Three years ago, the Levinson family received a video and later pictures of him shackled and dressed in an orange jumpsuit.

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