The US government claims an Iranian national offered an informant money to kill John Bolton FILE PHOTO: White House national security adviser John Bolton attends the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) 2018 summit in New York City. © Getty Images / Michael Brochstein
The US Department of Justice on Wednesday unsealed an indictment against an Iranian national it accuses of commissioning a hit on former national security adviser John Bolton. Rumors of the plot first appeared in the media in March, along with insinuations that the Biden administration did not want to move ahead with the charges due to the ongoing nuclear talks with Tehran.
According to the DOJ, a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was charged with commissioning a murder-for-hire and providing material support to a transnational murder plot. An affidavit signed by FBI Special Agent Randi Beck and submitted to a US magistrate judge on August 5 identifies the defendant as Shahram Poursafi, 45, with a known alias of Mehdi Rezayi.
Starting in October 2021, Poursafi allegedly attempted to arrange the murder of Bolton, “likely in retaliation” to the January 2020 drone assassination of IRGC-Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani. The DOJ says he offered $300,000 to a US individual to carry out the hit. However, the affidavit identifies the purported hitman as a “confidential human source” – an informant – for the FBI.
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“An attempted assassination of a former US government official on US soil is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” said Steven D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “This should serve as a warning to any others attempting to do the same – the FBI will be relentless in our efforts to identify, stop, and bring to justice those who would threaten our people and violate our laws.”
Matthew Graves, the federal attorney for the District of Columbia, called it a “brazen plot,” while Larissa Knapp of the FBI’s National Security Branch claimed Iran “has a history of plotting to assassinate individuals in the US it deems a threat.”
Bolton released a statement thanking the FBI, DOJ and the US Secret Service for their efforts.
“While much cannot be said publicly right now, one point is indisputable: Iran’s rulers are liars, terrorists, and enemies of the United States,” Bolton said. “Their radical, anti-American objectives are unchanged; their commitments are worthless; and their global threat is growing.” (RT)
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