Scrambling to Freedom

For more than eleven months, he was blindfolded when in the presence of his captors. They had taken his glasses, so the view from his window was mostly a blur. He left his room on the top floor of a two-story apartment house only to visit a bathroom next door, always under the eyes of armed guards. At night he was chained either to a radiator or a wall. He knew only that he was somewhere in the Middle East and wondered if he would leave the building alive.

Finally, last week, Jeremy Levin, 52, Beirut bureau chief for the Atlanta-...

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