Bob Levinson is a retired DEA and FBI agent and was working as a private investigator. In 2007, he was investigating cigarette smuggling. The case had taken him to the small island of Kish, located off the coast of Iran. On March 9, 2007, Levinson was taken hostage supposedly by Iranian security forces.
Supposedly US officials have been working on Levinson’s release, which could have been complicated when a liberal media outlet reported that he was secretly working for the CIA when he was taken by the Iranians.
In 2010, Levinson’s family received a video and photos from Levinson. His message was not the most reassuring as he told his family:
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“I have been held here for three and a half years. I am not in very good health. I am running very quickly out of diabetes medicine.”
That was the last time his family or anyone has heard from him.
The Obama administration keeps telling Levinson’s family that they are doing everything possible to secure his release and that he will be included in the next release of hostages or prisoners from Iran.
This past weekend, Obama surprised everyone once again by agreeing to a prisoner swap with Iran. Obama traded 7 Iranians for Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, former Marine Amir Hekmati, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari and fifth person.
According to Levinson’s wife Christine, no one from the Obama administration contacted her to tell her whether or not her husband was one of the hostages being released. Christine and their son Daniel appeared Monday on CBS This Morning saying that they are very disappointed with the Obama administration for not living up to their promises.
When asked if they were caught off guard by the prisoner release, Christine said no. Then she was asked what they were told and what their first thoughts were when they learned that Bob was not among those released. Christine Levinson replied:
“We were not told in advance, um, I actually had to turn on the TV to find out what was going on which was really disappointing. I felt very betrayed and devastated that I hadn’t even received a phone call to let me know this was happening because we had been promised that when the other people were released that Bob would be with them and he was not.”
Charlie Rose asked her who she felt betrayed by and she responded:
“By the United States government.”
Listening to her speak on the news reminded me of the way our government leaders treated the families of the Benghazi victims. Barack Obama, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta stood face to face with the families and promised to keep them informed as to what happened to their sons. Two years later and at least two of the parents have still not heard anything from the three politicians and like Christine Levinson, feel very disappointed and betrayed.
Of course Obama, Clinton and Panetta could not tell the families of the Benghazi victims what really happened because they’ve been continually lying to the American people and Congress about what happened and their story keeps changing at each new piece of evidence surfaces.
If this is the way our leaders treat these families, then why should anyone in the country trust them to actually care about us?