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The State Department gets tough with Iran


From today's press briefing with Tom Casey, deputy spokesman, at Foggy Bottom:

Question: Do you have anything new on the missing former FBI agent [Robert Levinson] in Iran? Anything new on his whereabouts, any new contacts with the Iranian Government and any comment on reports that he's being held by Iranian Government agency or officials?

Mr. Casey: Well, we talked about this a little bit this morning. We are presently where we have been. There's been no additional contacts from the Iranian Government on this subject, and we still don't have any credible information about his whereabouts. We certainly are continuing to use what efforts we can through the Swiss and through the requests we've made to the Iranian Government to try and determine his exact welfare and whereabouts and status, and certainly want to see a resolution to this as soon as possible. But no, we don't have any credible information on his whereabouts and certainly that includes any possibilities of him being in Iranian detention.

Question: And the last contact that you had with the Iranians via the Swiss was when they requested further information which you have provided. Where are you now in terms of dealing with the Iranians? Have you been—you've been back to the Swiss, given then the information which has -- have they come back and asked you for more information or  …

Mr. Casey: No, there have been no additional requests from the Iranian Government. They did, as you note, in response to our initial request that they look into this matter, ask us for additional information to help them do that. We've provided that information. There's been no formal communications back to us via the Swiss on that subject. We certainly hope and expect that the Iranian Government will look and do what they can to try and help us locate him and return him to his family.

"We certainly hope and expect that the Iranian Government will look and do what they can …"

Yep … that'll have Mahmoud quaking in his $5.oo khaki windbreaker.

Don't forget to sign the Free Bobby! petition.

Posted by Rodger on April 13, 2007 at 10:53 PM | Permalink


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