October 17, 2012
Texas Man, Manssor Arbabsiar, Pleads Guilty In Plot To Kill Saudi Ambassador
Shhh, Obama wishes this would go away
NEW YORK – A Texas man pleaded guilty Wednesday to plotting to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, agreeing to hire what he thought was a drug dealer in Mexico last year for $1.5 million to carry out the attack with explosives at a Washington restaurantHis accomplice is still at large, most likely plotting more killing while in the safe arms of the Mad Mullahs:
Manssor Arbabsiar, 58, entered the plea to two conspiracy charges and a murder-for-hire count in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, where Judge John F. Keenan repeatedly asked Arbabsiar whether he intended to kill the ambassador. Arbabsiar, a U.S. citizen who holds an Iranian passport, said he did
At the plea, Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Kim asked Arbabsiar if officials in the Iranian military were involved in the plot. Arbabsiar said they were.[...]
Authorities have said they secretly recorded conversations between Arbabsiar and an informant with the Drug Enforcement Administration after Arbabsiar approached the informant in Mexico and asked his knowledge of explosives for a plot to blow up the Saudi embassy in Washington.
They said Arbabsiar later offered $1.5 million for the death of the ambassador.
Arbabsiar admitted Wednesday that he eventually made a $100,000 down payment wired from an overseas account through a Manhattan bank.
The feds charged that Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri, a member of the Quds force Iranian military unit, conspired to kill al-Jubeir in a bombing at the diplomat's favorite restaurant in Washington. Shakuri is still at large.[More...]h/t Laura