FBI launches Persian Facebook page to collect Levinson leads

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — The FBI reportedly launched a Persian-language Facebook page in an effort to collect tips from Iranians on the disappearance of Robert Levinson.

The page looking for leads on Levinson, a Jewish-American who went missing in 2007, went live in recent weeks, The Associated Press reported Monday. Pages also are planned in Arabic and Urdu, according to the AP.

Levinson, 68, of Coral Springs, Florida, is a private detective and former FBI agent who has been missing since disappearing from Iran’s Kish Island during what has since been revealed as a rogue CIA operation. For years it had been reported that he was working as a private investigator when he disappeared.

Levinson was not included in a prisoner exchange of five Americans with Iran last month that came as the United Nations nuclear watchdog confirmed Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal and the West rolled back sanctions. Following the swap, the White House said Levinson may no longer be in Iran.

The FBI is offering a reward of $5 million for information that could lead to Levinson’s safe return.

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