Update on Ex-FBI Agent Who Vanished in Iran
Family asks for his release
- Duration 2:31
- Date Dec 9, 2011
Family asks for his release
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All right new this morning there -- our pleas for help from the family.
-- former FBI agent who vanished nearly five years ago and Iran Robert Levinson family has just released a video sent to them last year.
By his captors.
You can see by these two pictures that hole in captivity has taken on this man his family now going public.
Asking for his release.
I'm making a plea to the people that are holding my father.
My mother has received a -- Please tell us your demands.
So we can work together to bring my father home safely from -- had a this live at a Washington Paula good morning what do we see on the video.
Hi bill it's less than a minute long and on the video which the family received over a year ago in November 2010.
Levenson is most importantly.
Alive which the US government -- family had no proof since he disappeared while in Iran in March 2007.
He's sitting in front of what looks like a Wallin says quote.
I am not in very good health.
I'm running very quickly at a diabetes medicine.
I've been treated well and I need the help of the United States government to answer the request of the group that has held me for three and a half years.
And please help me get home.
His captors also demanded that the US release a list of prisoners but officials say the US can't match any names on the list of prisoners being held.
Who who -- we believe this holding him.
And if they have this video a year ago why -- they releasing it now.
As to who's holding him that's the big mystery and that really hasn't been a lot of progress in figuring that out.
There have been talks and negotiations with Iran for years that they really haven't gone anyway air.
Semi -- authorities say clues in the video suggested terror group in Pakistan or Afghanistan may Avant but does also could be -- pairings by Iranian intelligence.
Whoever has -- they must've provided some type of diabetes medicines for Levinson for him to have survived years past as march 2007 abduction date.
When he was in Iran as a private detective looking into cigarette smuggling according to his family.
But this approached by a -- to appeal directly to the captors rather than to the government of Iran as they have in the past suggests that the family in the US is changing strategy.
Perhaps because of a lack of other -- and also perhaps bill because it because US relations with Iran had deteriorated so quickly recently.
Okay all right moment we're gonna watch that and see what more we get from this Molly Henneberg is on that story out of Washington it's hard.