But in October 2007, emails uncovered between Levinson and CIA analyst Anne Jablonski revealed the agency had been involved with his mission to Iran. CIA managers said their own employees had lied to them, and assigned its internal security team to investigate. That inquiry quickly determined that the agency was responsible for Levinson while he was in Iran, according to a former official familiar with the review.
In an email sent in mid-2006, Jablonski discusses the work arrangement between Levinson and the CIA.
"You'd have SO enjoyed being a fly on the wall today in our meeting about you," Jablonski wrote to Levinson, according to an email excerpt that was first reported Friday by The New York Times and verified to the AP by an independent person who has seen the document. "Everyone was so happy about the info but just freaking out about how to NOT piss off our ops colleagues for doing a better job than they do. Seriously - we have to tread carefully here."
The Justice Department investigated possible criminal charges against Jablonski and another CIA officer. However, charges were never pursued, in part because a criminal case could have revealed the story behind Levinson's disappearance, current and former officials said. The officials spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the sensitive case.
Jablonski and two others were forced out.
Officially, the investigation remains open.
Asked about Levinson Friday in Israel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he has raised the question of the contractor's whereabouts with Iranian officials, but he declined to describe those discussions. "We will continue to try to seek his release and return to the United States," Kerry told reporters.
At least two lawmakers in Congress said they would seek more information on Levinson's case from the government. Others, however, criticized the AP report as potentially putting Levinson's life in danger or slowing his release.