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Levinson 'not a US government employee when he went missing'

White House spokesman Jay Carney has said that Robert Levinson, the American citizen who disappeared from the Iranian island of Kish in 2007, was not a US government employee at the time.

The Associated Press has published a story alleging that Mr Levinson was working for the Central Intelligence Agency as a contractor on an unapproved mission when he went to Iran.