While not confirming the CIA ties, the White House ripped the public detailing of the episode, saying it did nothing to help Levinson’s cause.
“The White House and others in the U.S. government strongly urged the AP not to run this story out of concern for Mr. Levinson’s life,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.
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“We regret that the AP would choose to run a story that does nothing to further the cause of bringing him home. The investigation into Mr. Levinson’s disappearance continues, and we all remain committed to finding him and bringing him home safely to his family,” she added.