US Foils Iranian Assassination Plot

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Attorney General Eric Holder (R) and FBI Director Robert Mueller (L) announce a plot was foiled involving men allegedly linked to the Iranian government to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/Getty)

The Justice Department on Tuesday accused Iran of sponsoring a plot to assassinate a Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington. Attorney General Eric Holder said that an "international conspiracy" lead to the potential payment of $1.5 million to murder the ambassador while on United States soil. Two men connected with the plot, Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri, are said to be members of the Quds Force, a division of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards.

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, gives more details on the foiled plot. Sanger can be heard on WQXR's weekly program, The Washington Report.

Comments [4]

Sick & Tired from Texas

Iran is at war with the west, including the "Great Satan" (as they think of us) of the USA. And Iran being at war with us means we're at war with Iran. In fact, it's about time Iran gets hit hard with the western world's military might, in order they be either neutralized or eliminated entirely.

Oct. 12 2011 01:43 PM
Avid Listener from USA

It has been said that "truth is the first casualty of war." Iran's denial of the terror plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador is a perfect example of truth being dead. Iran has for decades targeted Saudi Officials (rmember Kobar Towers), and this recent plot has their fingerprints all over it.

Oct. 12 2011 01:35 PM

"This is good stuff"
As the apparent credulity of the media thickens, are any journalists interested in the curious timing of this press conference?
Isn't AG Holder about to be called in front of a Congressional committee regarding his role in the Fast and Furious scandal and possible misconduct involving the Department of Justice? Didn't he abruptly end his press conference when asked questions about Fast and Furious? Didn't a Democrat controlled US Senate just reject the President's hyped to the sky jobs bill? Isn't that worth a mention here as the Wag the Dog optics emerge?

Iran has been a serious issue for years which the Democrats and the President have done their best to downplay even when protesters were being slaughtered in the streets of Iran. Sen. Biden even mentioned impeachment for President Bush if he attacked Iran without Congressional approval which was something the media conveniently forgot about when Libya was attacked without Congressional approval by V.P. Biden's boss.

As the President's approval numbers decline with the economy, the nation is "suddenly" plagued by menacing civil disturbances with class warfare tropes that echo the President's recent speeches while being embraced by the Democrat establishment and now a new interest in an old foe "suddenly" comes to the front of the President's agenda to add a further distraction in an election season and a troubled Presidency. Isn't this "good stuff" indeed for those who want to shift focus away from a failed economy and emerging scandals?

Oct. 12 2011 10:37 AM
Viviane Moreno from Florida

Of course Iranians are going to deny their countries involvement in the plot. They also deny the facts of 911. It's all the evil Americans plot.Why do we even give them radio time ? Just prerecord their repy.

Oct. 12 2011 09:48 AM

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