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. Andreas Moser

    I have an Iranian girlfriend (see our lovey photo here: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/emancipation-of-women-in-iran/) and I can attest that most Iranians are disorganised. 😛

    October 14, 2011 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Anderson Clayton

      And for your comment I understand why the world is convinced that one can not trust Americans!
      Not even the closest, because they can backstab you at the first opportunity ...
      Just as your case clearly ilustrates!

      October 14, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Andreas Moser

      Anderson, I am actually not American.

      October 14, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Hank

      Me neither Anderson, and 'Andreas Moser' was a dead giveway...
      Anyway, Anderson proved the point about Americans being ignorant.

      October 14, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Fair-ish.

      Andreas, it's not just your Iranian girlfriend. All women are dosorganized!

      October 14, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Fair-ish.

      Anderson, it's not just Americans. No girlfriend can completely trust their boyfriend, regardless of nationality.Men are just built that way.

      October 14, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Interesting discussion. Are there ANY Americans on this discussion board? (I'm not either)

      October 14, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Andreas Moser

      By the way, I am not back-stabbing at all. I sent this link to my girlfriend to show her my comment.
      Unfortunately, she did not approve of it and now I am facing a weekend in hell.

      October 14, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. ColdCut

    Well, maybe this non-incident is a diversion for something more sinister..?

    October 14, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anderson Clayton

    First the Iraq WMD FISCO, now this...
    The United States of America is becoming more UMPREDICTABLE than an ARMED MONKEY!

    October 14, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. dolyson

    Am begining to wonder if this allegation could be true. If the suspect is described to be so disorganized to earn him the quality of 'Mr. Bean' rather than '007', then he could as well be wrong on all confessions he may have made. The US should be careful not to allow this mellow drama back-fire on then. It also call for caution on any charges that may have been placed on him

    October 14, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Anderson Clayton

      What is the value of a confession under U.S. custody?
      Under torture even the POPE would confess guilty for this plot!

      October 14, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Anderson Clayton

    It more likely to be a VERY CLUMSY CIA operation named DESERT BALLOT than any other thing!!

    October 14, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Anderson Clayton

    IF CIA, FBI and Obama believe this CRAP it is more likely THEY are the Mr Beans of this story!

    October 14, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dwight Hilman

    Mr. Bean is smarter than George Bush.

    October 14, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    We're not getting the full picture here.
    Nice comparison to Mr. Bean, though. Rowan Atkinson probably isn't too pleased.

    October 14, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Portland Tony

    Unless you believe in fairy tales, this entire assassination plot is pretty damned ludicrous. Iran has the means,, the money and the people to carry out this supposed evil plot without involving anyone other than their own "secret agents" who are well trained in the art of killing. No this affair has all the the markings...of a personal grudge or honor killing. A "plot" initiated by some mid level Iranian bureaucrat who for some reason wanted the Saudi ambassador dead.

    October 14, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Frak Oliver

    I had been thinking a lot how to describe the US "intelligence" folks, starting from the top to the last one, lost somewhere in the worlds ass, actually plotting on soemthing, and here the people gave me the best descriptions that fits them like tailormade suits: Armed Mr. Beens, or even better: Armed Monkeys. Both ludicrous but most dangerous for the world, our world.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. Hank

    The fact that the guy (from Iran) couldn't get the year of old US cars straight 11 years ago doesn't say anything about his abilities to call a Mexican hitman and transfer 1.5 mln from an Iranian secret agent to said Mexican hitman.
    This is just some guy trying for 15 minutes of fane 'cuase he accidently knew the Iranian suspect.
    How about a thank you for the FBI/CIA? What if it were true and the Mexican even half succeeded? You'd all be falling over yourselfs calling Obama and the FBI/CIA incompetent!

    October 14, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Hank

      my bad...

      October 14, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joe Hill

    Aren't we lucky Obama hasn't sent the bombers to destroy another country just like Bush did on another 'intelligence' lie.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Thomas Mc

    We must lie this country into another war, people. Those trillions of tax dollars aren't going to march themselves from the Treasury to the Military Industrial Complex, you know!

    October 14, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. leeintulsa

    No press is bad press 😉 . Don adams, now he's probably pizzed. Maxwell smart overshadowed by the bean

    October 14, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. George Patton

    Like I said before, this man is being used by the C.I.A. to help deceive the American public over this phoney plot to kill the Saudi ambassador. They don't call the members of the C.I.A. the "Masters of Deceit" for nothing as they continue to deceive the general public most successfully!!! How disgusting this is!

    October 14, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
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