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Exclusive: Iran nabbed CIA asset
Levinson, says witness (+video)

Christian Science Monitor, by Scott Peterson

Original Article

Posted By:mark34, 12/17/2013 9:35:42 PM

Tehran - The last known man to see Robert Levinson alive in Iran now says that the CIA contractor who disappeared in 2007 was definitely detained by Iranian authorities and is almost certainly still in Iranian custody if he remains alive. Dawud Salahuddin, an African-American convert to Islam who met with Mr. Levinson on Iran’s resort island of Kish in 2007, told the Monitor in Tehran that they were detained at the Maryam Hotel on March 9, 2007, by six plainclothes policemen and then separated. "They took me away, and when I left – we were down in the lobby – Levinson was surrounded by four Iranian police,” says Salahuddin,

      


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Posted By: mark34- 12/17/2013 9:35:42 PM     Post Reply
Tehran - The last known man to see Robert Levinson alive in Iran now says that the CIA contractor who disappeared in 2007 was definitely detained by Iranian authorities and is almost certainly still in Iranian custody if he remains alive. Dawud Salahuddin, an African-American convert to Islam who met with Mr. Levinson on Iran’s resort island of Kish in 2007, told the Monitor in Tehran that they were detained at the Maryam Hotel on March 9, 2007, by six plainclothes policemen and then separated. "They took me away, and when I left – we were down in the lobby – Levinson was surrounded by four Iranian police,” says Salahuddin,

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