Low-key Obama aide at center of secret Iran talks

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FILE - This Nov. 11, 2009 file photo shows then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walking with a then-Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan in Singapore. Last summer, Sullivan was traveling with his boss, Hillary Rodham Clinton, when he suddenly disappeared during a stop in Paris. He showed up again a few days later, rejoining Clinton’s traveling contingent in Mongolia. In between, Sullivan secretly had jetted to the Middle Eastern nation of Oman to meet with officials from Iran, people familiar with the trip said. The July 2012 meeting is one of the Obama administration’s earliest known face-to-face contacts with Iran and reveals that Sullivan _ who moved from the State Department to the White House earlier this year _ was personally involved in the administration’s outreach to the Islamic republic far earlier than had been reported. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Last summer, while Jake Sullivan was traveling with his boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he quietly disappeared during a stop in Paris. He showed up again a few days later, rejoining Clinton's traveling contingent in Mongolia.

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