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Finally America is searching for its own and using Times Square to help. Electronic billboards in Times Square and subway stations in Midtown are showing the picture of Robert A. Levinson, a former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The point is to confront President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran when he arrives in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, will give his final speech to the UN this Wednesday and will address a meeting on the “rule of law” the following Monday.
The message urges U.N. delegates to “encourage the Islamic Republic of Iran to work with the United States government to bring Bob home.”
Mr. Levinson, disappeared in March 2007 on Kish Island, a resort island that is part of Iran. Mr. Ahmadinejad has said that Iran knows nothing about his disappearance or his whereabouts.
In 2010, the Levinson family received a videotape showing him sitting in a makeshift cell. His wife Christine, prays “Someone can help.” The F.B.I. has offered a $1 million reward for information regarding Mr. Levinson’s whereabouts.
Lee Blessing’s Two Rooms recently performed by the Diverse City Theater Company at the Lion on Theater Row was about how America deals with this issue.
The United States has denied visas to about 20 Iranian government officials hoping to attend next week’s United Nations General Assembly, including two ministers, Iran’s Fars news agency reported on Saturday. What they forgot to say was 160-or-so visas were requested.