March 6 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. is offering as much as $1 million for information about a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who disappeared in Iran five years ago.
FBI Director Robert Mueller announced the reward today at a Washington news conference on the latest effort to find Robert Levinson, the former agent missing since March 2007.
“We in the FBI will continue to do all we can to ensure Bob’s safe return,” Mueller said, standing in front of dozens of current and former agents outside the FBI’s Washington field office.
Levinson, who will turn 64 on March 10, is believed to be alive but “we are concerned about his health” because he has a history of diabetes and hypertension, said James W. McJunkin, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last year asked Iran for assistance after receiving “recent indications” that Levinson, who went missing during a business trip to the Persian Gulf nation, was being held somewhere in southwest Asia.
No group has made any demands and the FBI doesn’t know who might be holding Levinson or where he is, McJunkin said. “We’re hoping for a break here,” McJunkin said.
Billboards, handbills at border crossings and radio messages in Afghanistan and Pakistan will publicize the reward and ask anyone with information about Levinson to call a telephone tip line, McJunkin said.
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