Missing FBI Agent Rumored Free; To Be Exchanged For Irbil Five?

posted at 8:04 pm on May 1, 2007 by see-dubya

I haven’t heard of the National Security News Service before, but Fox News linked to them about the possible release of Robert Levinson, the FBI agent whom the Iranians denied they were holding, from Iranian custody. The NSNS says he’s already free, basing their report on three anonymous sources, but it also includes a report of a quid pro quo:

A high level intelligence source in the United States military in Iraq said “it is possible that Levinson has been turned over to Kurds in Iraq with an agreement that no public announcement be made until after a conference between the Iranian Foreign Minister and Secretary Rice next week in Egypt.”

“This raises the possibility that the United States military may turnover up to five Iranian diplomats who we have been holding for months as a goodwill gesture as a response to Levinson’s release,” the US intelligence source said.

These Iranian “diplomats,” of course, are a little bit different from their State Department counterparts. They’re members of the Quds force, described as “terrorism coaches” and “paymasters” and “particularly dangerous” by the administration. AllahPundit saw the possibility of the exchange for Levinson back when Condi wanted to release them. But we all thought Bush had squelched the idea immediately. Has he flip flopped? Or is this report complete BS?

Meanwhile, Iran has once again been named the number one state sponsor of worldwide terrorism by our State Department. Iran is very concerned; they’re even holding a conference about terrorism–and about how Iran is its number one victim:

“Now the nightmare of war disturbs all of humanity,” Ahmadinejad stated at the “Islamic World, a Victim of Terrorism” conference, which is currently underway in Tehran.

The Zionist regime’s attempt to destroy Lebanon in last summer’s war is another example of terrorism, he said.

Terrorism is not only bombing to kill the people; dominating the people and taking control of the natural resources of other countries is also terrorism, he opined.

Everyone knows that terrorist organizations are created and planned in the lair of hegemonic powers or are operating with their support, he added.

Nowadays, the Islamic world is the victim of organized terrorism, and Iran is the symbol of this victimization, Ahmadinejad stated.

It is not known whether he managed to say that with a straight face.


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I really hope that we did not trade 5 terrorists for this guy. It would be much more heartwarming to see these murderers in little cages at Gitmo, imho.

Jaibones on May 1, 2007 at 8:22 PM

“Now the nightmare of war disturbs all of humanity,” Ahmadinejad stated at the “Islamic World, a Victim of Terrorism” conference, which is currently underway in Tehran.

I’m pretty sure the fact that Iran is hosting the “Islamic World, a Victim of Terrorism” conference means we’re officially living in the Twilight Zone.

Sean M. on May 1, 2007 at 8:23 PM

Victimhood is all they have – here’s an interesting perspective on the Middle East, and its significance.

Entelechy on May 1, 2007 at 8:41 PM

There is something I’d rather exchange with them than those 5 guys….

Tim Burton on May 1, 2007 at 9:29 PM

Heh.

Jaibones on May 1, 2007 at 10:07 PM

Can some pissed-off Iranian biyatch bust a cap on this little pissant?

How much longer are Persian gals going to tolerate these repulsive drones?

profitsbeard on May 1, 2007 at 10:13 PM

profitsbeard,

Just last night during the wee hours I was pondering the same thing. Check this out (from 2005)

RushBaby on May 1, 2007 at 10:58 PM

the US intelligence source said.

Who, besides me, is tired of these anonymous sources being quoted by the media?

Or is this report complete BS?

Likely the latter. Who dug this up? Geraldo?

Nowadays, the Islamic world is the victim of organized terrorism, and Iran is the symbol of this victimization, Ahmadinejad stated.

Wow! Just…wow!

I think it’s safe to say the Iranians were holding the FBI agent. Why he was released is probably synonymous with why the British sailors were released. They want to show themselves to be responsible citizens of the world – despite their nuclear ambitions. I think it’s politics.

thedecider on May 1, 2007 at 11:02 PM

Have the Mullahs seen those evil Western sunglasses Ahmawackjob is sporting?

infidel4life on May 1, 2007 at 11:49 PM

I think that’s the best picture ever taken of the man.

see-dubya on May 2, 2007 at 12:07 AM

It is not known whether he managed to say that with a straight face.

Knowing the support he has in America, I’d say yes. Think of the scores of thousands of academics, peace activists, etc., who also say that with anything from a straight face to spittle-slinging, vein-popping, Bushitler, Truth-to-Power screams. Along with those shades, that support should pretty much keep his mellow from being harshed.

eeyore on May 2, 2007 at 2:38 AM

So every time there’s a rumor that Iran is holding a hostage, there’s going to be a rumor that the US might trade the Irbil Five for him/her/them?

taznar on May 2, 2007 at 9:40 AM