Asked about Levinson Friday in Israel, US Secretary of State John Kerry said he has raised the question of the contractor’s whereabouts with Iranian officials, but he declined to describe those discussions. “We will continue to try to seek his release and return to the United States,” Kerry told reporters.
At least two lawmakers in Congress said they would seek more information on Levinson’s case from the government. Others, however, criticized the AP report as potentially putting Levinson’s life in danger or slowing his release.
Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla.: “an issue that should matter to everyone”
“We now need to make sure that everyone, jointly in the government, is working to make sure that he comes home,” said Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who represents the district where Levinson’s family lives. “There is a father and husband who is the longest-held American hostage, and we all need to work together to make sure that he comes home safely. This is an issue that should matter to everyone in this country.”
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he would “be seeking an update as soon as possible on the Robert Levinson case from the intelligence community, and hope there may be a new window opening in which we can get answers from Iran.”
[A contrarian view was expressed by one Senator:] “I hope this information does not impede the release of Mr. Levinson in any way,” said Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee. “Many in the intelligence community believe this will push his captors to take his life.”
(Extract of AP article written by Lara Lakes Dec 13, 2013 (via TOI)
Link to full AP story http://www.timesofisrael.com/obama-faces-outcry-over-missing-cia-contractor/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=1c192159db-2013_12_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-1c192159db-54571841
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