November 27th, 2013
10:38 AM ET

Longest-Held American Hostage

Former FBI Agent Robert Levinson is one of three Americans thought to be held hostage in Iran.

He was taken in 2007– making him the longest-held American hostage in history.

The Levinson family is still fighting for any information regarding his condition and for his safe return home.

His wife Christine Levinson and his son Dan Levinson share their fight on “New Day”.

“He went on a business trip to Kish island, which is part of Iran, and it was supposed to be  a 24-hour trip, and he never left there. Unfortunately that was March 9th, 2007, and we have never heard anything about his whereabouts since then,” Christine Levinson says.

“We have not received any recent information about him, although I do believe he is safe and will come home to us soon.”

In April of 2011, the Levinson family received 5 photos of him in an orange jumpsuit and holding messages the family says have yet to be understood.

“It's concerning to us because we haven't heard anything since the last photos,” Dan Levinson says.

The family says the U.S. State Department is working hard to get Levinson home, but needs cooperation from the Iranians.

“We need the officials in Iran to help us and make sure that Bob is safe and get him home to us,” Christine Levinson says.

“U.S. officials have been saying in recent days that he's brought up in every opportunity to have on the sidelines of these negotiations, and they're going to continue to press his case and we have no doubt that the U.S. government is doing everything they can.”

She makes a plea for her husband.

“Since he disappeared, there have been numerous graduations, two daughters have gotten married, we have a new grandson who was born just a  month ago. Another grandson will be born in February. We have a granddaughter who is going to be 5 years old in December, and bob knows nothing about any of these children. It's extremely difficult for our family, because this is something that can be resolved," Christine Levinson says.

"The people who have bob need to send him home to his family. Six and a half years is far too long."

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  1. Richard Sterling

    It is time to bring him home. The captures must release him. Please

    November 27, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Richard,

      Thanks so much for your comments.

      Chris Cuomo tweeted a link where you can see how to help Mr.Levinson: http://www.helpboblevinson.com/

      We are all thankful for our freedom and home Mr. Levison will soon be able to enjoy his again.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!
      Lola
      CNN VCM

      November 27, 2013 at 10:54 am | Reply

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