They know now, barring some miracle, they may never get him back, since the U.S. just gave away any hold it had and lifted sanctions. Levinson is Jewish, those released all had Iranian heritage, not sure if that entered into it.

CORAL SPRINGS (CBSMiami) — The family of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who was taken hostage in Iran in 2007, has spoken out after learning that Levinson was not one of four prisoners freed by the Iranian government as part of a prison swap deal with the U.S. on Saturday.

In a statement released Saturday morning, Levinson’s family said:

“We are happy for the other families. But once again Bob Levinson has been left behind. We are devastated.”

Levinson reportedly went missing on Kish Island, Iran in March 2007. He is a retired FBI and DEA agent with 28 years of service as a U.S. government employee.

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According to Reuters:

Levinson’s wife and sister have met with Obama, and the family had been told to expect a call from the White House, according to a source close the family.

Instead, they learned from television that he was not among the five Americans to be released, the source said.

David McGee, the family’s lawyer, declined to comment.

Levinson worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration for 28 years. He worked as a private investigator after retiring from the government in 1998.

Meaning that despite what the regime is saying, Levinson was in the discussions on release, was left out, and they couldn’t be bothered to tell the family before the news broke publicly on TV. Nice way to treat the family of a thirty year employee.