Earlier this year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dropped a diplomatic bombshell, revealing in a cautiously worded statement in March that the United States had received evidence that Bob Levinson, a former FBI agent who went missing in 2007, was alive and being held in "southwest Asia." In her statement, Clinton asked "respectfully" for Iran's assistance in facilitating Levinson's safe return.
Levinson's family shortly thereafter received a batch of photos of Levinson in an orange jumpsuit, but apart from that, his trail has lately grown cold, with no diplomatic breakthrough apparently poised to secure his release. As a result, Levinson's family has released a video of him that they received from his captors last November to the Associated Press. They have also issued their own video pleading for his release.
In the 54-second hostage video, "Levinson pleaded with the U.S. go
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