Reward for Robert Levinson, ex-FBI agent missing in Iran, jumps to $25M, Pompeo announces

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By Travis Fedschun
Source: FoxNews

 

On the day marking four decades since Islamist revolutionaries orchestrated the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Iran — and the prolonged hostage crisis that followed — the Trump administration announced Monday a major increase in reward money for information on the whereabouts of a retired FBI agent missing in the country for over a decade.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program is now offering an additional $20 million for information leading to the location, recovery and return of Robert Levinson. Combined with a $5 million reward already in place from the FBI, this makes a total of $25 million available.

“The designation seeks to block funds from flowing to a shadow network of Khamenei’s military and foreign affairs advisors who have for decades oppressed the Iranian people, supported terrorism, and advanced destabilizing policies around the world,” Pompeo said in a statement.

The actions also come as Iran disclosed it was doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates, further trimming the time experts estimate Tehran needs to have enough material to build a nuclear weapon.

Fox News’ Cristina Corbin, Hollie McKay and Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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