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Iran is not for lone rangers. The story of Robert A.Levinson.

Robert A. Levinson in an undated photograph, left, a video image from November 2010, center, and a photograph his family received by email.

Robert A. Levinson in an undated photograph, left, a video image from November 2010, center, and a photograph his family received by email.

Robert A. Levinson was an overweight bear of a man who once worked as an F.B.I. agent and desperately wanted to recapture the life of international intrigue he relished as an expert on Russian organized crime. But as he sat in a hotel room in Geneva in early 2007, he was anxious about a secret mission he had planned to Iran. Then he dissapeared in Iran.

Since his disappearance in March 2007, United States officials have publicly insisted that Mr. Levinson went to Iran as a private investigator working a cigarette smuggling case. In fact he was also a contractor for the C.I.A. As the real purpose of his mission became known within the government, it led to a scandal within the C.I.A. in which three agency officials lost their jobs, for, in effect, using Mr. Levinson as part of an unauthorized spying operation.

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