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Iran Government Opens Case Into South Florida FBI Agent Robert Levinson, Who Has Been Missing Since 2007

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  • The Iranian government never publicly acknowledged the former Coral Springs resident’s disappearance until now.

There's new hope for the family of a former FBI agent from South Florida who disappeared more than ten years ago in Iran.

Robert Levinson vanished from the island of Kish in 2007 and was last seen eight years ago, pleading for help and was running out of diabetes medicine in an online video.

At the time, he was working as a private investigator on a cigarette smuggling case.

The Iranian government never publicly acknowledged the former Coral Springs resident’s disappearance until now, calling this a missing person case days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo upped Levinson's reward to $25 million.

Experts say the timing is no coincidence as Iranian leaders would like to gain leverage with the Trump administration. Officials tells NBC News that Iran’s suggestion of an investigation is "at best half-hearted.”

Levinson’s son spoke during a congressional hearing with both Democrats and Republicans two years ago.

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