An American with links to the
Central Intelligence Agency was investigating suspicions that
Iranian government officials were diverting petroleum funds and
laundering them through Canada when he went missing in Iran in
2007, a lawyer for his family said on Friday.
Robert Levinson, a private detective and former FBI agent,
was investigating allegations of corruption by well-connected
people in Iran, lawyer David McGee told Reuters.
McGee, who has been looking into Levinson's disappearance
for six years, said the missing American's inquiry involved
trying to trace money laundered through Iranian exiles living in
. He did not provide further details of the
Reuters could not immediately verify McGee's assertions. It
was not clear whether Levinson was working for the CIA or a
private client at the time of his disappearance.
The Associated Press
and The Washington Post
Thursday that Levinson was not a private citizen on a business
trip to Iran in 2007 as the US government
often said but was
in fact working for a rogue CIA operation when he disappeared.