Live blog: FBI, DEA thwart terror plot in U.S. involving Iran, officials say
Two men are accused of conspiring to murder Saudi Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir.
October 11th, 2011
05:57 PM ET

Live blog: FBI, DEA thwart terror plot in U.S. involving Iran, officials say

Editor's note: The FBI and the DEA have disrupted a plot involving Iran to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States and commit other attacks, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Two men - one arrested, the other at large - have been charged in connection with the plot, which the Justice Department says was directed by elements of the Iranian government.

The Justice Department says one of the men - Manssor Arbabsiar, a naturalized U.S. citizen holding an Iranian passport - arranged to hire for the assassination someone in Mexico who he thought was an associate of a drug trafficking cartel. The person in Mexico actually was a DEA confidential source who was posing as a cartel associate, the Justice Department says.

Follow below for the latest developments and read the Justice Department complaint (PDF).

[Updated at 8:09 p.m. ET]  In their investigation into an alleged plot to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, federal agents interrogated suspect Manssor Arbabsiar for 12 days, a senior counterterrorism official said Tuesday.

Cooperation from Mexican officials played a key role in the investigation, the official said. U.S. authorities arranged with Mexican officials for Arbabsiar to be denied entry into Mexico, the official said.
From there, he was placed on an airplane to New York, where he was taken into custody and quietly taken to a U.S. government facility, the counterterrorism official said. U.S. authorities interviewed him there every day and compiled dozens of intelligence reports.

[Updated at 8:04 p.m. ET] Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss released a statement Tuesday, congratulating the FBI, DEA and other federal agencies involved in the case.

"While I believe our justice system will deal appropriately with the defendant in custody, our government must also deal with the Iranian regime," Chambliss said. "In addition to allegedly sponsoring this plot, Iran has supported and provided weapons for attacks on our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. This has continued far too long with no repercussions."

[Updated at 7:41 p.m. ET] Iran's UN Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee responded to U.S. accusations that the Iranian government was involved in a murder-for-hire plot Tuesday night, telling CNN's Erin Burnett that the whole thing was "a lie."

“The whole issue is a provocation against Iran," Khazaee said. "We strongly reject this accusation," he said, suggesting that the narrative was a "blatant" ploy by Washington to terrorize the American public.

[Updated at 7:41 p.m. ET] Tom Kean, former chairman of the 9/11 Commission said the alleged plot "surprises me." Speaking to CNN's Erin Burnett, Kean said the plot is "pretty close to an act of war. You don’t go in somebody’s capital to blow somebody up.”

[Updated at 7:07 p.m. ET] New York Rep. Peter King, speaking to CNN’s Erin Burnett, said the alleged Iranian plot should be taken seriously by U.S. officials. “This would have been an act of war [if carried out]. It has raised this relationship, between the United States and Iran, to a very precipitous level,” King said.

“This violates all international norms, it violates all international laws. ... We can’t allow this to go without a strong reaction," King, who chairs the Homeland Security Committee," told CNN.

After saying he would back whatever action the administration might take, King said “we should at least consider a sign of military action.  ... something to indicate how seriously we're taking this." He added that U.S. officials should even consider removing Iranian diplomats from the country. “I think everything should be kept on the table.”

[Updated at 6:52 p.m. ET] A spokesman for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that the alleged plot was "a child's story" and "a fabrication."

The Iranian government was awaiting details about the accusations, spokesman Ali Akbar Javanfekr said. He suggested U.S. authorities were attempting to distract American citizens.

"They want to take the public's mind off the serious domestic problems they're facing these days and scare them with fabricated problems outside the country," he said.

[Updated at 6:40 p.m. ET] Mexican immigration officials blocked Manssor Arbabsiar, now accused of plotting to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, from entering Mexico last month, Mexico's foreign ministry said in a statement released Tuesday.

Mexican immigration authorities blocked his entry because of an arrest warrant issued by the United States, the foreign ministry said. U.S. authorities later arrested him in New York, it said.

[Updated at 5:57 p.m. ET] U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon in recent weeks went to Saudi Arabia to brief Saudi King Abdullah on the terror plot, a senior administration official familiar with the terror plot said, according to CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

The Saudis were “outraged" not only because of the plot, but because the ambassador is "someone who is close to the king,” the official said.

The Obama administration has specific information tying senior officials in Iran's Quds Force - a special unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - the official said. One question, according to the official, is whether the Quds officials were freelancing or got approval from senior officials in the Iranian regime.

The administration intends to “go to other countries and say this is a serious escalation of Iran’s use of political violence,” the official said. “Some may build on their sanctions; some could cut off relations with the IRGC.”

[Updated at 5:37 p.m. ET] Mexico's foreign ministry, explaining why Arbabsiar was denied entry into Mexico on September 28, says Mexican immigration officials blocked him because of an arrest warrant issued by the United States.

U.S. authorities arrested Arbabsiar a day later in New York, where he had flown after being denied entry into Mexico, the U.S. Justice Department has said. The Justice Department says Arbabsiar had intended to go to Mexico to guarantee final payment for an assassination of the Saudi ambassador to the United States. Arbabsiar had arranged to hire someone for the assassination that he thought was a drug cartel associate, but actually was a DEA confidential source, the Justice Department says.

"In strict compliance with domestic and international law, Mexico was able to neutralize a significant risk to Mexico’s national security, while at the same time reinforcing bilateral and reciprocal cooperation with the United States," the Mexican foreign ministry said in a statement released Tuesday. "This operation confirmed that adequate mechanisms and procedures are in place to anticipate and prevent the presence in Mexico of individuals that pose a risk to national security and interests."

[Updated at 5:03 p.m. ET] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that the United States "will be consulting with our friends and partners around the world about how we can send a very strong message that this kind of action, which violates international norms, must be ended."

She also said the United States would consult with nations about possibly taking measures to "further isolate (Iran) from the international community."

[Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET] A preliminary hearing has been set for October 25 for Manssor Arbashiar, who is alleged in a federal complaint to be involved in a terror plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, according to CNN's Jason Carroll.

The U.S. Justice Department alleges that Arbashiar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who holds an Iranian passport, arranged to hire someone in Mexico he thought was a drug cartel associate to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States. That person in Mexico actually was a DEA source posing as a cartel associate, the department says.

Arbashiar, 56, was arrested on September 29 at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, where he flew to after being denied entry into Mexico a day earlier, the Justice Department says. The department says Arbashiar had intended to go to Mexico to guarantee final payment for the assassination.

The Justice Department alleges that the second man who has been charged - Gholam Shakuri, who the department says is an Iran-based member of Iran's Quds Force - and other co-conspirators were aware of and approved of the plan. Shakuri is at large, the department says.

With Shakuri's approval, Arbashiar arranged to wire about $100,000 to a U.S. bank account for the DEA source as a down payment for the assassination, according to the Justice Department. The total price was set at $1.5 million, according to the department.

According to the Justice Department, Arbashiar and the DEA source discussed carrying out the assassination with explosives, possibly by bombing a U.S. restaurant that the Saudi ambassador frequented. When the source told Arbashiar that others - including U.S. senators that visit the restaurant - could be killed, Arbashiar allegedly dismissed those concerns as "no big deal," the department says.

[Updated at 4:42 p.m. ET] The chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Mike Rogers, released a statement condemning the alleged plot.

"This is dangerous new territory for Iran," Rogers said. "It is the latest in a series of aggressive actions - from their nuclear program to state sponsorship of terrorism, from complicity in killing our soldiers in Iraq to now plotting hostile acts on U.S. soil. This episode underscores the need for concerted international unity to confront Iran.”

[Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET] The Saudi embassy in the U.S. has released the following statement relating to the alleged plot:

"The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia would like to express its appreciation to the responsible agencies of the United States government for preventing a criminal act from taking place. The attempted plot is a despicable violation of international norms, standards and conventions and is not in accord with the principles of humanity."

[Updated at 3:52 p.m. ET] Ali Akbar Javanfekr, a spokesman for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told CNN he had never heard of those accused in connection with the alleged plot.

“I think the U.S. government is busy fabricating a new scenario and history has shown both the U.S. government and the CIA have a lot of experience in fabricating these scenarios and this is just the latest one,” he said. “I think their goal is to reach the American public. They want to take the public’s mind off the serious domestic problems they’re facing these days and scare them with fabricated problems outside the country.”

Javanfekr says if the Iranian government verifies that these individuals are Iranian citizens, the Iranian government will make every effort to help them.

[Updated at 3:44 p.m. ET] A senior defense official said there has been no change to U.S. military posture in reaction to the terror plot allegedly backed by Iran. The official says American Navy ships in the region have not been re-positioned, and at this point there are no plans to do so.

“The act is already done. One of the people involved is still at large, but the other principal is in custody. So what does changing military posture do?" the official said.

The official says while the Pentagon continues to concentrate on keeping an eye on the Quds Force and Iran’s actions in the region, especially Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf, this incident is “much more of a law-enforcement matter.”

The official was not surprised at the level of cooperation apparently given by the Mexican government to foil the terror plot.

“We’ve got a very good working relationship with the Mexican military in a number of ways, especially counter-narcotics. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are very involved with their Mexican counterparts, and work together in several ways, including training.”

[Updated at 3:42 p.m. ET] Senior U.S. officials tell CNN that the U.S. will impose further sanctions against Iran in the wake of the alleged foiled terror plot.

[Updated at 3:36 p.m. ET] Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert Jordan told CNN that he believes the current ambassador would be a target for Iran because he is a man who can "be counted on to be a collaborative and positive force between the United States and Saudi Arabia."

"It is also an attack on the United States to attack this ambassador," Jordan said, because of the ambassador's relationship with the United States.

Jordan, who said he is a close friend of Saudi Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir, said he has impeccable credentials and is a consummate diplomat."

"Its very important to understand that the Saudis and the Iranians believe that they are in a mortal battle for supremacy in the Middle East," he told CNN. "The Saudis view Iran as a threat to their hegemony in the Arab world and Iran has been insinuating itself into many of the struggles in the Middle East that is in the contrary to the Saudi national interest."

It is because of the ambassador's position as well as the struggle in the region that Jordan believes he may have been a target.

"I think he is a target [that] there is credibility to this story," he said. "The Saudis have viewed Iran as a threat."

[Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET] Here's how the alleged plot began according to the Justice Department:

In the spring of 2011 through October 2011, Manssor Arbabsiar and his Iran-based co-conspirators, including Gholam Shakuri of the Quds Force, began plotting the murder of the Saudi Ambassador to the United States.

At one point Arbabsiar "allegedly met on a number of occasions in Mexico with a DEA confidential source who has posed as an associate of a violent international drug trafficking cartel," according to the Justice Department.

In May 2011, Arbabsiar met with the confidential source in Mexico and asked about explosives. There he allegedly expressed a specific interest in attacking an embassy in Saudi Arabia. The informant allegedly said he had knowledge about C-4 explosives. It was in  a meeting in June that Arbabsiar allegedly explained to the information that he and his associated in Iran had "discussed discussed a number of violent missions" that included "the murder of the Ambassador."

[Updated at 3:06 p.m. ET] A senior Obama official said the administration won't tolerate the targeting of a diplomat on U.S. shores, CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin reported.

The official said the administration believes the alleged plot is a dangerous escalation by Iran and a flagrant violation of international law. The official said the U.S. will work with other international partners to isolate the government, specifically the Islamic Revolutionary Guard and the Quds force.

The official said overall, the impact of the plot, means that the U.S. will continue to isolate Iran.

The official added that the administration has been talking and coordinating with Saudis and remains in close touch with the Saudi government. They have also been in touch with the ambassador at the center of the plot.

[Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET] CNN's Peter Bergen said that based on his knowledge of the region the Saudi ambassador to the United States may have been targeted because he is a key foreign policy adviser to Saudi King Abdullah.

[Updated at 2:41 p.m. ET] National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor released the following statement regarding the plot:

“The President was first briefed on this issue in June and directed his Administration to provide all necessary support to this investigation. The disruption of this plot is a significant achievement by our intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and the President is enormously grateful for their exceptional work in this instance and countless others.”

[Updated at 2:35 p.m. ET] Attorney General Eric Holder, when asked how Iran would be held "accountable" in an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, said he expected action from the White House, the State Department and Treasury within the next few hours.

A U.S. official expanded more about how the U.S. might hold Iran accountable.  The official told CNN's Elise Labott that there are likely to be more sanctions and the U.S. will be taking this up with to the United Nations Security Council and other members of the international community.

[Updated at 2:32 p.m. ET] One of the suspects, Manssor Arbabsiar, allegedly discussed bombing a restaurant in the United States that the Ambassador frequented, according to the complaint.

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York said Tuesday there had been a "discussion of using explosive devices" to carry out the alleged Iranian-linked terror plot against the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

[Updated at 2:27 p.m. ET] "The criminal complaint unsealed today exposes a deadly plot directed by factions of the Iranian government to assassinate a foreign Ambassador on U.S. soil with explosives,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. “Through the diligent and coordinated efforts of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies, we were able to disrupt this plot before anyone was harmed.  We will continue to investigate this matter vigorously and bring those who have violated any laws to justice.”

[Updated at 2:25 p.m. ET] The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York called the alleged Iranian-linked terror plot against the Saudi ambassador to the United States "well-funded and pernicious."

"Details of that murder plot are chilling," Preet Bharara said in a news conference Tuesday.

[Updated at 2:22 p.m. ET] The criminal complaint filed Tuesday in the Southern District of New York names Manssor Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen holding both Iranian and U.S. passports, and Gholam Shakuri, an Iran-based member of Iran’s Quds Force, which is a special operations unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that is said to sponsor and promote terrorist activities abroad, according to the Justice Department.

Arbabsiar was arrested on September 29, 2011, at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. He will make his initial appearance on Tuesday before in federal court in Manhattan, the Justice Department said. He allegedly confessed to his participation in the murder plot, according to the Justice Department.

Shakuri remains at large.

The men are charged with the following crimes according to the Justice Department: "conspiracy to murder a foreign official; conspiracy to engage in foreign travel and use of interstate and foreign commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire; conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives); and conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism transcending national boundaries. Arbabsiar is further charged with an additional count of foreign travel and use of interstate and foreign commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire."

[Updated at 2:19 p.m. ET] FBI Director Robert Mueller said the alleged terror plot involving Iran "reads like the pages of a Hollywood script."

"This case illustrates that we live in a world where borders and boundaries are increasingly irrelevant," Mueller said.

[Updated at 2:14 p.m. ET] An alleged plot - involving Iran - to commit terrorism inside the United States "is a fabrication," Ali Akbar Javanfekr, spokesman for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said Tuesday.

Javanfekr said the Iranian government is awaiting details, but suggested U.S. authorities are attempting to distract American citizens from "domestic problems" by convincing them there is an outside threat.

[Updated at 2:12 p.m. ET] An FBI agent's affidavit obtained by CNN Tuesday accused two men of conspiring to murder Saudi Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir.

The complaint alleges that Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri began a plot this past spring to kill Al-Jubeir.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a news conference that the terror plot was a $1.5 million dollar "murder-for-hire" plan.

Officials also said one of the suspects told an informant that killing civilians, including senators, during the attack was "no problem" and "no big deal."

[Posted at 2:00 p.m. ET] The FBI and the DEA have disrupted a plot involving Iran to commit terrorism inside the United States, a senior U.S. official told CNN.

The official said the alleged plan was directed by elements of the Iranian government and involved a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as soon as we get it.

soundoff (1,853 Responses)
  1. Abe

    I am not a fan of Iranian government, but this it is too stupid to believe Iran is behind this!!! If you need to start another war, find a better excuse!

    October 11, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kara

      Of course, US will start another war as soon as possible, they have too much fear Iran gets its nuclear program ready.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Harman

      Free Iran – read the blog

      October 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • SD

      You know dude if the US wanted to blast Iran they would not need to resort to these "tactics".... couple of nuclear warheads would do... lesson is that there are far more complex political forces at play. Your analysis is naive and stupid...

      October 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. carMeh

    drop them (Iran), pop them, mop them like orville redenbaucker

    October 11, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Volunteer Now

      Have you rushed down to the armed forces office to enlist yet?

      October 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kara

      Yeah, get peace by killing as many people as you can, what a concept!

      October 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. World_Guru

    what if the two knuckleheads had nothing to do with the iranian government and were acting on their own delusional scheme of things? This is like blaming Timothy McVain for acting in the name of anti-war / anti-federal groups!

    October 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott00

      Sounds like we have a bank wire account where 100,000$$ was paid. Lot of money for 2 bozos to come up with. Just like we were selling weapons to drug dealers in Mexico suddenly an informant comes forth with this info. It may be true but if it is Iran is begging us to attack them militarily and why that is I am not smart enough to understand.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MaximEyes

    The majority of the Iranian people aren't on the same page as the Iranian government. The Iranian government is lying, scheming and pompous. This story is completely true. Anyone who thinks this story is a fabrication to be used as an excuse to distract the American people from domestic issues or to be used as an excuse to bomb Iran are absolutely 100% dumb-to-the-bone and a total lost cause. There is no doubt that Iran is plotting to cause a lot of harm to America, Americans and anyone who is westernized and friends with America. We need to bomb the s#it out of Iran and take out its government ASAP!!!

    October 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kendra

      Yeah, because it makes total sense for a third-tier country like Iran to attack the nation that spends more on its military than every other country on earth COMBINED. Iranians may hate the US but they're not stupid.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ridiculouspolitics

      What about those Saudi hijackers who actually killed thousands in 9/11? Don't you think US should bomb Saudi Arabia first?

      October 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryan

      and the oil they have is a bonus if we invade

      October 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaximEyes

      Iran knows that they can't take on the US and its allies by themselves. They know they need to form alliances with their surrounding counterparts but in order to achieve that they need to kill the people who are in the way, so to speak. This Saudi Ambassador is their prime target.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jimmymax

    Yeah, like the CIA would never do something like that..

    October 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hal

    President knew about this in June.

    October 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. asbuss1980

    Oh boy the conspiraty theories.....Let me try one!

    This was an elaborate scheme by the Kosher Pickle Industry to get some Jews to perform a "false flag" attack that would blame Iran for the plot, in hopes the U.S. would go to war with Iran. Then Israel would no doubt ally with the U.S. and it would then become a religous war for the jewish community in Israel, raising national pride....and hopefully increasing kosher pickle consumption, increasing profits.

    October 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. nibbz

    i agree, this doesnt sound right at all,, i mean what the hell would they want to kill the Saudi embassador for?
    and to try it on US soil is even more puzzling, however if this is true, and i say IF....we should take action
    if the iranian gov is involved in Terroism or supports it then shouldnt we be bombing their butts like we are
    Al quada? Iran and Pakistan should be Bombed to the stone age..period!!

    October 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • asbuss1980

      I'm just guessing, but Iran probably wasn't too happy when the Saudi King apprantley said Iran was a country that shouldn't exist. Or that he tried to get the U.S. to take military action against Iran saying Iran was a snake whose head should be cut off.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ForgiveorForget

    Hitler was very merciful... diddn't think twice about taking out any possible threat. even if it was more than 1/3 of his own people plotting against & turning on one another, once they found ways to profit from "power" war wasn't a purpose of the bigger picture. that why he made "exceptions" to the rules. its not (hard nor easy) to be a crutch for the hopeless in the agony of defeat. the truth of betrayal & the secrets we take to the grave is what u inherit. destiny never existed, when the agenda we had in mind wasn't the plan. Honor is regain when the Blood is taken back from which it was stolen... don't be a fool by letting go of fear. its "not knowing" that gives the informed an advantage that history does repeat itself if u remember it correctly! can't thank everyone who made it possible enough. every wasted thought bout the ones that make it feel like u actually serve a purpose, or gave meaning to a cause ... u alone are not fit to fight alone. trust & believe, I know !! – I'm sure Iran knows of consequence, like Americans are used to the repricusions. with Liberty "unjustified" for ALL, guilty till proven innocent. "come on there champ... take one for the team" 🙂

    October 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HUH???

    its funny how many comments against cnn and this fabricated lie is being censored, but people like DAVETHE CANUCk are still up, haha, your going to get yours for spreading lies and poison

    October 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nick

    I love how people bash the American government and say eveything is a conspiracy and/or propaganda, maybe they should take their freedom of speech to another country.....o wait a minute........

    October 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Unbelievable

    As an european I have very smart and intelligent american friends. They are smart and educated with good understanding international politics and business. And I have lots of them!

    How is it possible, that US Government appears to be led by persons who consider rest of the world to be idiots. It has been clear for years that after putting country on its knees with several wars, after occupying three countries, stealing their oil, killing 1.500.00 civilians in 20 years, telling outer space stories about terrorism attacks on 911 and threats against your country, destroying the worlds economy, US jobs and economy, the last possible target is Iran.

    After this occupation, US controls by occupation or with allies some 45% of the known oil reserves in the world.

    Ok, but how long can this find american people to support the killing of young american guys for your own companies,benefits and wealth. And at the same time putting most of your own citizens in the situation, where they don't have jobs, health care, education and most of all, any freedom left.

    How long do american citizens take this fake information before another false flag operation?

    October 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ranger 830

    Hey couch commando have you been there? No of course you have not,dumb question.You dont know sh!t!!! Civilian one minute combatant the next! They all wear civilian cloths,hide among civilians women children etc.There is only two ways this ends we win,or we convert to Islam,make your choice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dip sh!t
    For those I love I will sacrifice. You just would not understand that!!!!

    October 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TOM

    WHAT !!!!!!!!!

    They want to Kill Saudi ambassador in US !!!!

    October 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AreWeTherYet

    I lik ehow the Prez was briefed aout this in JUNE, but it just happens to come to light as the re election bandwagon is winding up. What fortunate timing for all of this to occur...

    Glad nothing bad happened to the ambassador in the last 4 months.....

    October 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
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