Suspect in Saudi ambassador assassination plot pleads guilty
Mansour Arbabsiar says he conspired with members of the Iranian military to plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.
October 17th, 2012
01:04 PM ET

Suspect in Saudi ambassador assassination plot pleads guilty

Manssor Arbabsiar once denied that he participated in a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States. Now he says he did.

Arbabsiar, a 57-year-old Iranian-American man from Texas, pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to recruit a Mexican drug cartel to bomb a Washington, D.C., restaurant while Saudi Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir dined there.

Arbabsiar, who was arrested in September 2011 after an undercover informant's tip to authorities, said in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday that he conspired with members of the Iranian military in the formulation of the plot. The admission comes nearly a year after he pleaded not guilty.

Federal authorities say Arbabsiar and cohorts hired someone they thought was a cartel contact to assassinate the ambassador, but the contact was an undercover government informant who kept in contact with Arbabsiar until there was enough evidence for his arrest, according to federal court documents.

Timeline: Alleged plot to kill Saudi ambassador

Arbabsiar is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last year dismissed allegations that Iran was connected to the plot.

soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Shaif Yer'Boosh

    Hey...another great caper solved by the FBI.

    Must be a pretty cool job to be able to pick out a person, entrap them and/or entice them into somethng stupid then bust them for going along with you.

    Vladamir Putin is rolling over in his grave laffing & he's not even dead yet.

    October 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    So this bizarre event was real? I thought it was a pilot for a fall CW action series. Oh well!

    October 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It does sound totally fabricated, doesn't it?

      What a wholesome-looking guy.

      October 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sinfully Yours

    Its Bill Belichick or his evil twin.

    October 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    A year after , he pleads guilty. This suspect is highly suspect. What was the deal reached??

    October 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hide Behind

    Don't cha know Iran is in big with drug cartels, Not!.
    One of biggest reasons Afghanistan poppy dedtruction was so successfull , before US invasion. and hiring of the northern poppy growers as mercs, was because of Irans no tolerance drug policy and its active military intervention in halting shipments through its teritory.
    No love lost between Saudis and Iran, as Saudis aided US and Iraq in their invasions. and war that took so many Iranianlives..and are instrumental in ending trans Iran energy pipe lines from areas above Caspian sea and Afghanistan.

    October 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    I don't believe it. My eyeballs actually hurt from rolling so much. I've been saying since the beginning this was legit. Folks, there are two explanations: either this criminal is a complete moron, or there is some grand conspiracy. Personally, I believe the former.

    So, he pleads guilty, and it's STILL a fake plot? I don't get it.

    October 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hiya, BOMBO...
      Too unreal to think someone would actually believe this would work...I think you're right; this guy is just DUMB.
      Theorists aside, this guy is a moron.

      October 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Plus he looks so wholesome.

      October 17, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hide Behind

    Saudis becoming nuch closer to Israel especially in the investment of forming a Middle East Trade group and to the point that they agreed to an Israel ovrr flight of their air space if Israel attacked Iran.
    Saudi and Israel have many joint investments in ME, Saudis fund anti groups against Hezbolh and Hamas especially inLebanon in alliance with France Israel and US groups.
    Saudi Royals have funded many CIA opseven those inLatin America and act as money laundering for both southern based oil firms who find such actions to their profit and used Lebanons banking and Bush familys close ties with Bank of Lichtenstien a private family group.
    In the wars unseen! Not a dam... thing is what it seems!

    October 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cecil559

    SORRY Manssor Arbabsiar,

    The Drug Cartel is already in bed with the US govt. Ask the C.I.A.......Wait, better yet, ask those retired C.I.A. agents that live in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand who run the drug operation out of those countries.

    Vietnam wasn't about communism...

    October 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. PhooBar

    Great tap-dancing Jesus...
    What the hell is going on here?

    An Iranian from Texas(!) tries to hire Mexican drug gangs(!!) to blow up a restaurant in D.C(!!!) so that they could whack the Saudi ambassador?

    I gots no love for Saudi's or Iranians, but can't they just kill each other off the old fasioned way?
    I'm thinking somebody watches too many Bruce Willis movies.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kellyinniles

    Guy looks like a creep lol.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      HEY, kelly!!
      How the heck are you?
      And I think he looks totally wholesome, lol.

      October 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. richard

    Who would let their daughter date this guy?

    October 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. citizenmn

    Whereever you find terrorism, you find Iranians.

    October 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tim flike

    iranias are at war with every body,specialty Saudis the ve killed so many Saudis through houthies tribesmen.saudies never retaliated..

    October 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Eichmann

    He has the face of an unsuccessful serial rapist. He belongs in Texas.

    October 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. yacine77

    Lol! even sunnits "ennemies" of Iran are laughing at this news! This is's a joke. By making jokes like that, Iran is gaining more and more allies even from its old ennemes!

    October 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
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