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December 13, 2013 10:29 am

Missing American Man in Iran Was on Unauthorized CIA Assignment

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Alaeddin Boroujerd, chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission. Photo: Screenshot.

Alaeddin Boroujerd, chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission. Photo: Screenshot.

AP – An American who vanished nearly seven years ago in Iran was working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that, when it came to light inside the government, produced one of the most serious scandals in the recent history of the CIA – but all in secret, an Associated Press investigation found.

The CIA paid Robert Levinson’s family $2.5 million to head off a revealing lawsuit. Three veteran analysts were forced out of the agency and seven others were disciplined.

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