Thursday, October 13, 2011

Unanswered questions over the alleged Iranian assassination plot

The alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the US does not fit with what is known about the supposed perpetrators

Julian Borger, The Guardian, Oct 12, 2011

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
It appears unlikely that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, would approve such a brazen plot. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
It has the ring of a far-fetched Hollywood thriller and even the senior law enforcement official involved in the investigation admitted to journalists that the alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the US did not fit with what was known about the methods and practices of the supposed perpetrators, the Quds force of the Revolutionary Guards. But $100,000 was clearly transferred by someone as a downpayment on the assassination. Washington is taking the case seriously enough to make unprecedented allegations against Tehran and threaten further isolation. The affair leaves several questions unanswered:

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