26.03.2020 | World War 3: Trump refuses to accept US hostage death in Iranian custody
Source - The Daily Express
Robert Levinson's family announced the sad news in a statement today. Mr Levinson disappeared in Iran 13 years ago from the island of Kish off Iran’s southern coast.
He was the longest-held hostage in US history.
But Trump has disputed the claims that Mr Levinson is dead, in an unexpected turn of events.
On Wednesday at the White House, he said: "I've been very much involved in that and he was a great gentleman and a great family.
"It's not looking good, he wasn't well for years in Iran, it's not looking promising."
The president added: "But Robert Levinson, who was outstanding, has been sick for a long time.
“He had some rough problems prior to his detainment or capture.
"It's not looking great, but I won't accept that he's dead.
“They haven't told us he's dead."
Trump had in November tweeted calling for Iran to release Levinson.
The plea, however, fell on deaf ears.
The reason for his being in Kish is disputed.
His family say he was working on behalf of an unauthorised CIA mission.
They say he had been working in Kish as a private investigator looking at cigarette counterfeiting in the region.
He retired from the FBI in 1998.
Other reports suggest he was working for the CIA to recruit an Iranian spy.
US officials suspected he was kidnapped by Iranian intelligent forces to be used as a bargaining chip in dealings with Washington.