John R. Houk
© January 17, 2016
Here are the Americans that actually do deserve an exchange deal for a release from Iranian incarceration:
Jason Rezaian: aged 39, Tehran correspondent for the Washington Post. Detained in Iran for more than a year before his sentencing last November.
Saeed Abedini: aged 35, a Christian pastor who had been imprisoned since July 2012 for organising churches in people's houses.
Amir Hekmati: aged 32, former Marine who spent more than four years in prison on spying charges following his arrest in August 2011 during a visit to see his grandmother.
Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari: Little is known about the fourth US citizen. (Jason Rezaian and three other US prisoners freed in Iran; BBC; 1/17/16 (circa) 8:28 AM CT)
It is interesting that retired FBI agent Robert Levinson was not a part of this deal. Of the people above, he is probably the only person that actually may have been a CIA spy. Levinson was captured on Kish Island. Evidently Kish Island is a resort location in the Islamic Twelver Republic. Levinson is said to have been involved in an unsanctioned/rogue CIA operation who went to Iran to interview American born Dawud Salahuddin (born as David Belfield). Salahuddin fled the USA after killing an Iranian diplomat (pro-Shah) ‘outside’ Washington in 1980.
Then there is mystery dual American-Iranian citizen that was a part of the USA-Iran prisoner swap. I haven’t found out squat about Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari. As of 3:00 PM CT I have not heard any news media or credible Internet source relay any information on Khosravi-Roodsari. There is not one photo of the guy. The State Department’s only statement about him all the people on the jet to Switzerland were there who wanted to be there.
And so as in many mysterious and unanswered situations, the Conspiracy Theory begins to emerge. There probably will be more Conspiracy Theories on this issue if answers are not forthcoming. The Conspiracy question is this: Is Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari and Robert Levinson one and the same person? Here is the theory:
The Iran prisoner swap just got a whole lot more weird. It seemed unbalanced at first for sure, with Iran receiving $50 billion AND 7 prisoners in exchange for 4 Americans. 3 of the prisoners were well-known cases of a doctor, marine, and a pastor who were unfairly imprisoned. However, it’s #4 that should be making everyone suspicious.
His name is Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, and as far as the world media is concerned, the man is a ghost. His capture and imprisonment by Iran had NEVER been reported by the US or Iran (who usually use US prisoners for propaganda) and the Obama administration refuses to release any information on the man’s identity.
While this is PURE conjecture, I’d like to propose a theory to you. There has long been suspicion of an FBI agent and CIA contractor named Robert Levinson being held by Iran since 2007. It was expected that he may finally have been released in the exchange, despite Iran claiming they never had him. Media now is reporting that he may be dead.
IF Iran did have Levinson at some point, he would certainly have been held for espionage, of which he would undoubtedly have been guilty of. In that case, it would be a HUGE embarrassment for the Iranian government to trade a well-known American spy in the prisoner swap…unless he went by a different name.
It is for this reason that I suspect the true identity of Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari could, in fact, be Robert Levinson who was traded as an Iranian-American under the pretext of “identity protection.” This would allow the US to get their skilled spy back and Iran to save face with their people.
It is unlikely that Obama would EVER admit to this, so do not expect this to be backed up anytime soon. However, it is certainly worth considering if you believe the world is not all black-and-white. (Who the Hell is Nosratollah Khosravi? The Ghost-Prisoner Traded by Iran; By Danny Gold; News Foxes; 1/16/16)
Hmm… Did Levinson – Jewish by birth – convert to Shia-Twelver Islam and choose remain as Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari in Iran?
OR as this Conspiracy Theory article speculates: Did Levinson take another flight via CIA resources and use a pseudonym like “Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari” so that both the Obama Administration and the Iranian government embarrassed? Embarrassed about what?
Obama would have to admit the CIA had a spy operation in 2007 (btw- the Bush Administration) and Iran government would have to admit an actual spy for the USA was given back to the USA.
In such a secretive pseudonymous person swap a person with an Iranian name would be a brilliant cover by getting an American spy out of the USA with embarrassing each government.
OR did Robert Levinson, who did have diabetes, die after years of oppressive incarceration probably including torture, die in Iran?
Will Americans ever know? Only time will tell.
I’ll work on some more details later including some info on the other freed Americans Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati and Pastor Saeed Abedini.
What about Bob? Angry relatives of former FBI agent who went missing in Iran eight years ago accuse Obama and John Kerry of forgetting about him in prisoner swap