Wexler urges action on Levinson disappearance


Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) is urging new Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take action to find private detective Robert Levinson, a Jewish constituent who disappeared in Iran almost two years ago. Here’s Wexler’s press release:

Today, Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding his constituent, Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran on March 9, 2007. Mr. Levinson, a former FBI agent from Coral Springs, was last heard from by his wife Christine. In late 2007, Christine Levinson and other members of the Levinson family traveled to Iran to visit the hotel he was last seen and to meet with local Iranian authorizes about Mr. Levinson’s disappearance.  Wexler also wrote a letter to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in March 2008 urging the Bush Administration to utilize every diplomatic tool at their disposal to bring Mr. Levinson back to the United States to his family in South Florida.   According to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) press release on July 15, 2008, the FBI is working with the US Department of State to gather information regarding Mr. Levinson’s safety and whereabouts.

"I congratulate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her new role in the Obama Administration and express my upmost confidence in her ability to usher in a new era of cooperation and respect for America abroad," said Congressman Wexler. "Today, however, I am writing to her regarding a deeply disconcerting issue to myself and many other Floridians – the disappearance of Robert Levinson. I strongly support the efforts of the family of missing former FBI agent Robert Levinson in their quest to locate him and bring him home. It is my hope that Secretary Clinton and the Obama Administration will take immediate action to ensure that his case is raised at the highest levels both internationally and with the Iranian government and that an intensive effort is made to return Mr. Levinson to his family. I will continue to offer the Levinson family whatever support and assistance I can provide as they search for answers surrounding Robert’s disappearance."

Wexler’s full letter is here

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