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FBI offers $1m for clues on missing ex-agent

NEW YORK - The FBI offered a $1 million reward Tuesday for information about a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran five years ago.

The FBI also said it would have billboards with a picture of the missing man, Robert A. Levinson, put up in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other places in southwest Asia. Fliers and radio announcements are also planned.

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The effort, announced at a news conference in Washington, is the latest move in the bureau’s long campaign to find Levinson, who disappeared in March 2007 while on Kish Island, a resort area off the coast of Iran.

US officials believe that Levinson is still alive. But over the past five years, the only substantive information to surface about him was sent to his family, apparently by his captors.

After hearing nothing for three years, the family received a videotape in 2010 showing Levinson sitting in a makeshift prison.

In the tape, he said he was being held captive, and he urged officials in the United States to help him.

“Please help me get home,’’ he is heard to say on the tape. “Thirty-three years of service to the United States deserves something.’’

His family also received a series of photographs the same year, showing Levinson with a full beard, wearing orange-colored prison garb similar to the jumpsuits worn by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

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