The Iranian authorities has by no means admitted abducting Mr. Levinson, who would have turned 72 this month. On March 9, the anniversary of his disappearance, the F.B.I. said: “During the past 13 years, the only credible evidence of responsibility in Mr. Levinson’s disappearance has pointed to those working for the government of Iran.”
The household thanked the C.I.A. director, Gina Haspel; the F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray; and Robert C. O’Brien, the nationwide safety adviser, in its assertion. They had been all within the White House assembly when the household was informed, the individual mentioned.
After retiring from the F.B.I. as a veteran investigator of drug cartels and arranged crime, Mr. Levinson started working with C.I.A. analysts in a extremely uncommon association. Though they’d no authority to run spy operations, they paid him to collect intelligence, together with on the Iranian authorities.
Mr. Levinson disappeared from Kish Island, off the coast of Iran, on March 9, 2007. He had traveled to Kish to analyze corruption and was making an attempt to resume his C.I.A. contract.
After he disappeared, the C.IA. performed down any relationship with Mr. Levinson and mentioned he was not a present worker. For years, United States officers would solely say that Mr. Levinson was working for a personal agency on his journey when he vanished.
But thanks mainly to the efforts of the Levinson household and of former Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, the place Mr. Levinson and his spouse lived, the reality about his relationship with the C.I.A. slowly emerged. Over time, Mr. Levinson’s household made repeated efforts both straight or by means of intermediaries to study his destiny. His spouse, Christine, and son Dan traveled to Tehran and to Kish Island.
After an inner investigation, the C.I.A. disciplined 10 workers, together with the three veteran analysts who had been compelled to depart the company. The C.I.A. ultimately paid Mr. Levinson’s household a $2.5 million annuity and a further $120,000, the price of renewing Mr. Levinson’s contract. Both sides wished to keep away from a lawsuit that may publicly reveal particulars of the association.