Washington, D.C., August 20, 2007 - Christine Levinson, wife of missing former FBI agent Robert Levinson, spoke directly to the Iranian people over the weekend during her appearance on VOA's Persian-language News and Views
. Mrs. Levinson's husband was last seen on the Iranian resort island of Kish on March 8.
In a plea for information, Mrs. Levinson told the told the Iranian people that:
"I would hope that anyone who has seen Bob who is six foot four and when he left here about 250 pounds, a very outgoing man, who would be very friendly. If they have seen him or heard anything about him, I would appreciate if they could get in touch with me on our website helpboblevinson.com. Also when I go over there I would appreciate if anyone could come forward and let us know that they have some idea of where Bob is and can help us."
Robert Levinson worked as a private investigator after leaving the FBI. He was on a business trip at the time of his disappearance.
VOA has followed Levinson's disappearance for the last five months. In a July 24th editorial, VOA quotes State Department spokesman Sean McCormack calling "upon Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei to treat these people with the respect they deserve, to put an end to any further broadcasts, and to release all Americans currently being held on groundless charges. We also call on Iranian authorities to provide the U.S. with information regarding the whereabouts of Robert Levinson."
Christine Levinson says she is confident that her husband Bob is still alive and plans a trip to Iran to search for him at the end of August. The couple has been married for 33 years and have seven children.
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