U.S. Stops Plot to Kill Saudi Ambassador
Is Iranian government to blame?
- Duration 3:04
- Date Oct 11, 2011
Is Iranian government to blame?
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Good evening I'm Bret -- and this is a Fox News alert a plot to assassinate an ambassador and bomb embassies on US soil.
A -- and agents coordinating with Mexican drug cartels secret payments from an overseas bank and a federal staying the breaks it all -- It sounds like a movie script.
But tonight the Justice Department is accusing -- -- and agents of carrying out a scheme to kill the Saudi ambassador to the US on American soil.
And the US government is promising there will be consequences.
We Begin our coverage -- national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin.
The alleged plot targeted the Saudi ambassador to the United States not allowed to bear for assassination.
And -- reads like the pages of a Hollywood script.
The impact would have been very real.
And many lives would have been lost according to the 21 page complaint filed by the FBI in the southern district of New York a US citizen from Corpus Christi, Texas was contacted by his cousin.
A member of -- -- revolutionary guard corps to plan the assassination.
Months or about CR in naturalized United States citizen who holds and running passport.
And was arrested last month in New York.
Is accused of working with members of an arm of the Iranian revolutionary guard corps.
To devise an international murder for hire scheme targeting the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States.
-- alleged plan was to kill the ambassador using an explosive device at a restaurant in Washington DC.
The -- became aware of the plot -- our Bob CR the US citizen tried to meet with members of what He thought was the Zeta drug cartel in Mexico and -- instead He was meeting a DEA informant which.
Also part of the plot according to US officials and attack on the Saudi embassy in Washington DC and in Argentina.
As well as Israel's embassy -- ambassador to the United States such a decision can.
Only be made.
Between becoming a -- head of the 'cause -- on and Ahmadinejad this is a daring decision this is a Pearl Harbor or 9/11 type of a decision.
The accused traveled to Iran and as a down payment arrange for nearly 100000 dollars to be wired to an FBI undercover bank account.
He thought belonged to the cartel.
The FBI arrested are -- CR when his plane landed in New York on September 20 ninth.
In the days since the defendant's arrest He has confessed to his participation in the alleged plot.
As well as provided other valuable information about elements of the -- -- government's role in it.
Attorney general Eric Holder -- the US -- -- the Iranian government accountable for the alleged plot to get the congressman Marco Rubio sits on the house select intelligence committee we shouldn't be surprised by it what what we should be alarmed by that this is the same government.
In addition to trying to kill two ambassadors in the United States is the same government is trying to get a hold of a nuclear weapon.
But the Pentagon says it is not planning to respond with force quote this is not a trip -- for military action in Iran.
Your -- president calling the plot a fabrication.
A child story spread.
Generated -- Griffin -- the Pentagon.