Today the Justice Department accused two officials of the Iranian government of being involved in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States and to bomb the embassy of Saudi Arabia.
According to court documents filed in the Southern District of New York, the two men accused were Manssor Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old U.S. citizen who also holds an Iranian passport, and Gholam Shakuri, whom authorities said was a Quds Force member. Mr. Shakuri remains at large but Mr. Arbabsiar, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested on September 29. Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. would hold Iran accountable but when Holder was asked whether the plot was sanctioned by Iranian government, he said the DOJ was not making that accusation. According to FBI Director Robert Mueller, many lives could have been lost in the plot to kill the ambassador with bombs in the U.S. The Justice Department offered details of a convoluted international plot involving Mexican drug cartels, hired murderers and money transfers from unknown locations.
How should the Obama administration respond be the alleged plot?
Sebastian Rotella, senior reporter, ProPublica
Ali Nader, international policy analyst, RAND Corporation; lead author, "The Next Supreme Leader: Succession in the Islamic Republic of Iran" (2011)