Missing Ex-FBI Agent Was CIA Spy On Unauthorized Mission In Iran

Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

For those of you staying current with hit TV series Homeland, a CIA spy caught while on an unofficial mission in Iran sounds awfully familiar. AP reports that there is in fact a real life CIA agent – Robert Levinson – who is the fall guy in exactly the type of scandal that is at the heart of Homeland’s current plot:

An American who vanished nearly seven years ago in Iran was working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that, when it came to light inside the government, produced one of the most serious scandals in the recent history of the CIA — but all in secret, an Associated Press investigation found.

The CIA paid Robert Levinson’s family $2.5 million to head off a revealing lawsuit. Three veteran analysts were forced out of the agency and seven others were disciplined.

The U.S. publicly has described Levinson as a private citizen.

“Robert Levinson went missing during a business trip to Kish Island, Iran,” the White House said last month.

That was just a cover story. In an extraordinary breach of the most basic CIA rules, a team of analysts — with no authority to run spy operations — paid Levinson to gather intelligence from some of the world’s darkest corners. He vanished while investigating the Iranian regime for the U.S. government.

Details of the disappearance were described in documents obtained or reviewed by the AP, plus interviews over several years with dozens of current and former U.S. and foreign officials close to the search for Levinson, who is from Coral Springs, Fla. Nearly all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the sensitive case.

There is no confirmation who captured Levinson or who may be holding him now. Although U.S. authorities have investigated possible involvement of drug traffickers or terrorists, most officials say they believe Iran either holds him or knows who does.

The AP first confirmed Levinson’s CIA ties in 2010 and continued reporting to uncover more details. It agreed three times to delay publishing the story because the U.S. government said it was pursuing promising leads to get him home…

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Unauthorized? Nonsense!

    The Illuminati are aware of every dog that takes a dump in the Universe, so there is no possible way there could be an ‘unauthorized’ mission!

    • Juan

      “THEY know when you’ve been naughty, THEY know when you’ve been nice . . . “

      • echar

        Santa is Illuminati? Everything makes sense now.

    • gustave courbet

      You need to study your trade-craft sir.

  • http://politicalfilm.wordpress.com/ polfilmblog

    “Unauthorized” = “Deniable, no official paper trail”

  • sgtdoom

    $2.5 million? ? ?

    WTF? ? ?

    Where’s all this “war on terror” patriotic bullcrap, ferchrissakes?

    Oh, is Levinson a Jewish name? Was he also working for Israel or just the world’s most inept FBI agent (lotsa competition there)?

    (Really proves the point that CIA, and the NSA and DIA, are waaaay overdue for a forensic audit of the most detailed, and public, type!)

  • jasonpaulhayes

    So, it appears we have another Iranian hostage situation.