A missing man CIA agent? Yes. It's like a real life episode of "Homeland." On Dec. 13 (in New Zealand), Stuff.co.nz reported that a former FBI agent who has been "missing" overseas for six years was actually working for the CIA at the time of his disappearance in 2007. Robert Levinson flew to Kish Island in Iran and while the U.S. maintained that he traveled there on "private business," it turns out he was sent there... by the CIA.
"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 government for the US," Stuff.co.nz reports.
The missing man was doing CIA work but he didn't just happen to fall upon it. You see, Robert Levinson worked for the FBI for 30 years. The White House was quick to cover up Levinson's CIA tracks as recent as last month. However, when asked about Levinson and why he hasn't been found, the U.S. government sort of brushed it off. And now everyone knows why.
While Levinson has previously been linked to the CIA, the story is getting wings now -- because, as previously reported, Levinson is the longest held U.S. hostage. It is believed that Levinson's captors knew that he was working for the CIA -- which suggests that he may have been tortured for information.
The missing man's CIA ties could mean that he will never be returned home. However, that's a risk the CIA was willing to take... that's how operations like this go.
© Effie Orfanides 2013