Skip to content
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(CNN)   Longest held American hostage declared dead in Iranian custody   (cnn.com) divider line
    More: Sad, Bill Nelson, Family, United States, Bob Menendez, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal government of the United States, Donald Trump  
•       •       •

2693 clicks; posted to Main » on 26 Mar 2020 at 2:17 AM (14 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



28 Comments     (+0 »)
 
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2020-03-25 10:41:52 PM  
"Those who are responsible for what happened to Bob Levinson, including those in the U.S. government who for many years repeatedly left him behind, will ultimately receive justice for what they have done," they said.

n their statement, the family thanked Trump "and the members of his Administration - National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, C.I.A. Director Gina Haspel, and FBI Director Christopher Wray - and their staff, who have done all they could to make our family whole again."


So make up your mind already.

Unless this guy was kidnapped in another country and taken to Iran, he is no hostage.
 
2020-03-26 12:25:06 AM  
This dude wasn't a hostage. He was a CIA contractor on some sort of unspecified mission that happened to get caught and then fell into plausible deniability land. Unfortunate for him and his family, but that is the sort of thing that happens when you do spy shiat.
 
2020-03-26 2:19:11 AM  
I release flock of seagulls in his honour.
 
2020-03-26 2:24:16 AM  

edmo: "Those who are responsible for what happened to Bob Levinson, including those in the U.S. government who for many years repeatedly left him behind, will ultimately receive justice for what they have done," they said.

n their statement, the family thanked Trump "and the members of his Administration - National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, C.I.A. Director Gina Haspel, and FBI Director Christopher Wray - and their staff, who have done all they could to make our family whole again."

So make up your mind already.

Unless this guy was kidnapped in another country and taken to Iran, he is no hostage.


?
 
2020-03-26 2:24:55 AM  

Cagey B: This dude wasn't a hostage. He was a CIA contractor on some sort of unspecified mission that happened to get caught and then fell into plausible deniability land. Unfortunate for him and his family, but that is the sort of thing that happens when you do spy shiat.


Not sure how that makes any meaningful difference.
 
2020-03-26 2:38:27 AM  

Cagey B: This dude wasn't a hostage. He was a CIA contractor on some sort of unspecified mission that happened to get caught and then fell into plausible deniability land. Unfortunate for him and his family, but that is the sort of thing that happens when you do spy shiat.


Well said.

In a very real way, it's the Iranians who are the victims in this saga.
 
2020-03-26 2:43:27 AM  

Cagey B: This dude wasn't a hostage. He was a CIA contractor on some sort of unspecified mission that happened to get caught and then fell into plausible deniability land. Unfortunate for him and his family, but that is the sort of thing that happens when you do spy shiat.


Yes because releasing videos of him in a jumpsuit begging for his life is obviously someone who is under arrest and going thru the criminal justice system.
 
2020-03-26 2:56:52 AM  
Does that mean we can end the state of emergency?
 
2020-03-26 2:57:50 AM  
I wouldn't travel to Iran with less than a CNN cameraman and a Iranian handler.
 
2020-03-26 3:08:33 AM  

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: Cagey B: This dude wasn't a hostage. He was a CIA contractor on some sort of unspecified mission that happened to get caught and then fell into plausible deniability land. Unfortunate for him and his family, but that is the sort of thing that happens when you do spy shiat.

Well said.

In a very real way, it's the Iranians who are the victims in this saga.


WTF
 
2020-03-26 3:17:41 AM  
Wow, you mean things are happening in the world that aren't virus-related??
 
2020-03-26 3:56:24 AM  

waxbeans: sex_and_drugs_for_ian: Cagey B: This dude wasn't a hostage. He was a CIA contractor on some sort of unspecified mission that happened to get caught and then fell into plausible deniability land. Unfortunate for him and his family, but that is the sort of thing that happens when you do spy shiat.

Well said.

In a very real way, it's the Iranians who are the victims in this saga.

WTF


Here, you need this:

media0.giphy.comView Full Size
 
2020-03-26 3:56:34 AM  

Cagey B: This dude wasn't a hostage. He was a CIA contractor on some sort of unspecified mission that happened to get caught and then fell into plausible deniability land. Unfortunate for him and his family, but that is the sort of thing that happens when you do spy shiat.


Probably.  How much of a dumbass do you have to be to travel to Iran as a former FBI employee?  Iran arrests pigeons on suspicion of spying.  The FBI is domestic surveillance and the CIA is foreign surveillance, but still, it won't matter to them.  If I had worked for either I'd steer well clear of Iran, or the Middle East in general.  I wouldn't eat Middle Eastern food.  I wouldn't look at the Middle East on a map.  I would not do it, Sam I Am, I would not travel to Iran.
 
2020-03-26 4:11:03 AM  
Dude was a NOC for CIA. They know what they're signing up for. Probably will get a star at Langley and his Family will never know.
 
2020-03-26 4:32:25 AM  
Dude probably got fed up with his family and changed his name and converted to Islam just to get away from them.
 
2020-03-26 4:40:30 AM  
Don't go to Iran. Problem solved.
 
2020-03-26 5:21:54 AM  

fusillade762: Wow, you mean things are happening in the world that aren't virus-related??


Come now, he clearly died of Iranian Coronavirus.
 
2020-03-26 6:28:45 AM  
The use of the term "hostage" is for the benefit of the stupids who won't read TFA's and assume this guy was an innocent diplomat held by those terrible Iranians since 1979.
 
2020-03-26 6:47:40 AM  

DarkSoulNoHope: waxbeans: sex_and_drugs_for_ian: Cagey B: This dude wasn't a hostage. He was a CIA contractor on some sort of unspecified mission that happened to get caught and then fell into plausible deniability land. Unfortunate for him and his family, but that is the sort of thing that happens when you do spy shiat.

Well said.

In a very real way, it's the Iranians who are the victims in this saga.

WTF

Here, you need this:

[media0.giphy.com image 480x269] [View Full Size image _x_]


Yeah, it's not like Iranians have a 70 year history to be suspicious of us, after all...

/in other news, folks get cranky when you overthrow their government
//no fan of radical Islam
///but when we stick our dick in, it just gets worse
 
2020-03-26 7:01:38 AM  

i ignore u: Cagey B: This dude wasn't a hostage. He was a CIA contractor on some sort of unspecified mission that happened to get caught and then fell into plausible deniability land. Unfortunate for him and his family, but that is the sort of thing that happens when you do spy shiat.

Probably.  How much of a dumbass do you have to be to travel to Iran as a former FBI employee?  Iran arrests pigeons on suspicion of spying.  The FBI is domestic surveillance and the CIA is foreign surveillance, but still, it won't matter to them.  If I had worked for either I'd steer well clear of Iran, or the Middle East in general.  I wouldn't eat Middle Eastern food.  I wouldn't look at the Middle East on a map.  I would not do it, Sam I Am, I would not travel to Iran.


There are just some places I would never go. I would love to see North Korea for myself. But I wouldn't go even if I had signed and notarized statement from Kim Jung-un that I had complete and total diplomatic immunity and a publicly televised statements from the president (even a good one) and the DOD that they would immediately dispatch both Delta and the SEALs to rescue me in the event something did happen.

I'll have to settle for being a stone's throw away from the DMZ in 98.
 
2020-03-26 7:04:18 AM  
I like the part where hi\e was sent on this mission by someone without authority to send people on missions.
 
2020-03-26 7:25:59 AM  
he was a spy that got caught.  don't try to frame it any other way
 
2020-03-26 8:07:53 AM  

Cagey B: This dude wasn't a hostage. He was a CIA contractor on some sort of unspecified mission that happened to get caught and then fell into plausible deniability land. Unfortunate for him and his family, but that is the sort of thing that happens when you do spy shiat.


There are two possibilities...

1) He ran afoul of the government and they made him disappear

or

2) He ran afoul of a local criminal Chieftan, who buried the body in the desert.

Given the guy was apparently not ever part of the prisoner swap in FTA, I'm going with #2 and the government knows the body is not recoverable.
 
2020-03-26 8:31:35 AM  
The absence of any offer of a swap or other trade-off to get him back has been a bit odd. Clearly the Govt of Iran had plenty of things it wanted that he could have been offered as exchange. Maybe he died years ago, or maybe it was a local group that the govt didn't control that had him. Either way, Americans in Iran with or without diplomatic protection are precarious at best. Former spies are fair game from their perspective. When the US is in the business of assassinating political figures it has no fingers to point.
 
2020-03-26 9:39:22 AM  

Cagey B: This dude wasn't a hostage. He was a CIA contractor on some sort of unspecified mission that happened to get caught and then fell into plausible deniability land. Unfortunate for him and his family, but that is the sort of thing that happens when you do spy shiat.


Better than a Christian Evangelist, I guess. At least this guy was doing something presumably worthwhile.
 
2020-03-26 9:42:31 AM  

cefm: The absence of any offer of a swap or other trade-off to get him back has been a bit odd. Clearly the Govt of Iran had plenty of things it wanted that he could have been offered as exchange. Maybe he died years ago, or maybe it was a local group that the govt didn't control that had him. Either way, Americans in Iran with or without diplomatic protection are precarious at best. Former spies are fair game from their perspective. When the US is in the business of assassinating political figures it has no fingers to point.


The Secretary disavowed any knowledge.

Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2020-03-26 12:44:11 PM  
That guy must have been dead for years now:
'Robert Alan Levinson..(disappeared 2007) According to his family, he suffered from type 1 diabetes, gout, and hypertension.
 
2020-03-26 1:44:47 PM  
At least he didnt die of COVID.
 
Displayed 28 of 28 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking




On Twitter




In Other Media
  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.