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Sen. Bill Nelson Urged AP To Hold Story Missing CIA Operative In Iran

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"I urged the editor of AP not to run the story," Nelson said Friday according to The Washington Post. Nelson said he went to Associated Press executive editor Kathleen Carroll to try and prevent the story from being published.

On Thursday the AP published a report on Robert Levinson, the former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in 2007. The AP report confirmed that, while the U.S. had identified him as a private citizen for years, he had actually been working for the CIA. The AP report said it had confirmed Levinson's connections to the CIA back in 2010 and then delayed publishing the story three times before finally releasing it.