The family of retired FBI Special Agent Bob Levinson, who vanished in Iran 13 years ago, said Wednesday they are now convinced he died in captivity, though when is not clear.

Levinson’s wife Christine and their children said the U.S. government had informed them he was likely dead and they had accepted it — even as President Donald Trump, who has made Levinson’s case a cudgel to hammer the Iranian regime with, said at a White House briefing Wednesday evening, “No, I don’t accept that he’s dead. I don’t accept it.”

In a statement, the Levinson family — all tireless advocates including his daughter Sarah Moriarty, who testified in Congress again last month to press lawmakers to help bring him home — said they had grudgingly

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