WASHINGTON Two years after a hostage video and photographs of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson raised the possibility that the missing American was being held by terrorists, intelligence officials say Washington now sees the government of Iran behind the images.
The photos — showing Levinson’s hair wild and gray, his beard long and unkempt — are being made public for the first time. His family provided copies to the Associated Press.
The photos portray Levinson in an orange jumpsuit like those worn by detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay. The family received them by e-mail in April 2011.
While Washington has publicly pressured Iran to release American prisoners, it has opted for a quieter diplomatic route in Levinson’s case. His wife, Christine, said she wants more public pressure on Iran.