October 14th, 2011
03:20 AM ET

Friend: Man accused in Saudi plot is more 'Mr. Bean than 007'

A man accused of an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States was too disorganized to have been a part of the scheme, a said.

Manssor Arbabsiar is accused of conspiracy to murder a foreign official, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism.

Know as "Jack" because of his affinity for the whiskey Jack Daniels, the 56-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen wasn't much of a businessman, according to David Tomscha, who owned a car lot with him for about a year in 2000.

"If they wanted 007, I think they got Mr. Bean," Tomscha said.

"He was very disorganized, he would lose most anything and he would get the dates of the cars wrong," Tomscha said. "He'd tell you it was an '89 and maybe it was an '85. One thing you could be sure, whatever date he told you, it wasn't that year."

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  1. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    My favourite Mr Bean moment was when he had the turkey stuck on his head.

    Also, THE USA IS NOT INVADING IRAN PEOPLE. NO ONE HAS SAID THEY ARE INVADING IRAN. GET OFF IT ALREADY.

    October 14, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter Beck

      I think the concern is that Israel, run by Zionist extremists, will do the deed. We can't afford it. Israel can, thanks to the clueless American taxpayer. This would be great news for Christian and Jewish fundamentalists in the US and Israel. For the rest of the world it would be an incalculable disaster.

      October 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mad Granny

    @fair-ish. "Gibbs slap".

    October 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    @ Peter Beck

    Americans are belatedly awakening to the fact that they have been played for fools for decades by the far-far right Zionist regimes in Tel Aviv. Thanks to tireless work being done by Jewish orgs here and Jewish public intellectuals, academics and writers.

    As for this Iranian 'plot', what else did we expect after Defence Secy. Panetta's pilgrimage to Tel Aviv on Oct. 3rd?

    October 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Shall I call them "foil hats" or "Israel haters"? Hmmm.....

    October 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    I bet this guys thinkin :thanks guys ;How embarrassing that all his friends are saying hes too dumb to pull this off .

    October 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Charles Edward Frith (@charlesfrith)

    My only question is why CNN are telling the truth on this one?

    October 15, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
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