Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Gov't Uncovers Iranian Assassination Plot on US Soil

I'm sure President Obama will send them a very strongly worded letter:
Authorities foiled an alleged plot that was directed by factions of the Iranian government to bomb the Israeli and Saudi Arabian embassies in Washington and a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday at a press conference.

A criminal complaint was unsealed in federal court in New York Tuesday and named Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri as the two alleged plotters, both with ties to Iran. Arbabsiar has been jailed in New York since September and Shakuri remains at large.

The complaint alleges that Iran helped conceive, sponsor and direct the plot. Holder called the alleged plot was a "flagrant violation of US and international law" and said the U.S. will hold Iran accountable.

According to the complaint, last Spring, Arbabsiar met with an informant from the DEA agent in Mexico posing as a member of a sophisticated and violent international drug-trafficking cartel. It was during these meetings that Arbabsiar allegedly offered the agent money to assassinate the ambassador for $1.5 million. Arbabsiar allegedly wired $100,000 into a U.S. bank account in August as a down payment for the hit.

Arbabsiar allegedly confessed to his participation in the alleged plot.

The two planned to use an explosive device to assassinate the ambassador, according to the criminal complaint. The alleged plot would have maimed others and damaged nearby structures in the surrounding area.
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