Photos of Robert Levinson, a private investigator and former FBI agent kidnapped in 2007 while investigating cigarette smuggling in Kish, an island off of Iran, have been released by his wife. In the photos, Levinson is holding a series of signs, pleading with the U.S. to do more to free him. This strange missive comes nearly six years after Levinson was kidnapped and two after an email from his kidnappers indicated that he was still alive. In one photograph, Levinson holds a sign that reads:
"I am here in Guantanamo, do you know where it is?"
However, it seems that is false (for starters, Guantanamo is owned by the U.S., so he wouldn't need rescuing from there). According to AP reporters, the U.S. believes that these photos came from Iran:
Two years later, with the investigation stalled, the consensus now among some U.S. officials involved in the case is that despite years of denials, Iran's intelligence service was almost certainly behind the 54-second video and five photographs of Levinson that were emailed anonymously to his family. The tradecraft used to send those items was too good, indicating professional spies were behind them, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk publicly. While everything dealing with Iran is murky, their conclusion is based on the U.S. government's best intelligence analysis.
It seems from the photos--and this is my own reading here--that Levinson does not have much to do with what the signs say or how he is dressed. He is set up like a stereotypical prisoner with orange prisoner garb and a chain loosely draped around his neck and over his wrists. The English on the signs is not gramatically correct. It looks, to state the obvious, like a photo shoot. What that means is hard to say, other than that if we get more details here, this story is only going to get weirder.