In a case that reads like a spy novel, a US-Iranian citizen was charged Tuesday for allegedly plotting with an Iranian special operations officer to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US.
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In a case that reads like a spy novel, a US-Iranian citizen was charged in New York Tuesday for allegedly plotting with an Iranian special operations officer to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States.
The alleged plot – code named “Chevrolet” – involved a promised $1.5 million payment to an associate of a violent drug cartel in Mexico who suggested he would plant an explosive device in the ambassador’s favorite restaurant in Washington.
Based on that promise, a $100,000 down payment was wired through a bank in New York City.
What the alleged Iranian conspirators did not know is that their would-be assassin was, in fact, an informant for the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
The assassination plot never developed beyond mere talk.
“This conspiracy was conceived, was sponsored, and was directed from Iran, and constitutes a flagrant violation of US and international law,” Mr. Holder said.
When pressed for details about whether senior Iranian government officials had known about or authorized the assassination, Holder said: “We are not making that charge at this point.”
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