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Levinson story 'embarrassing' for the government - Goldman

US media reports have suggested that an ex-FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in 2007 had ties to the CIA.

According to a report by the Associated Press and Washington Post, Robert Levinson was gathering intelligence for a team of CIA analysts who had no authority to run spy operations.

After he disappeared, the CIA reportedly paid his family $2.5m (£1.5m) to avoid a lawsuit.

On Friday, the White House said Mr Levinson was not a US government employee when he went missing.

The BBC's Katty Kay spoke to Adam Goldman, the Washington Post's national security reporter who first reported the story.

  • 13 Dec 2013
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