An Iranian plot to assassinate ex-senior US official John Bolton

An Iranian plot to assassinate former senior US official John Bolton


WASHINGTON | US justice revealed on Wednesday a plot led by a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to assassinate John Bolton, former national security adviser to the White House. 

The US Department of Justice said in a statement that Shahram Poursafi, alias Mehdi Rezayi, 45, was charged in absentia with offering to pay $300,000 to individuals in the United States to kill John Bolton, who was also US Ambassador to the UN, apparently in revenge for the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in January 2020 in a US strike.

The plot was revealed to authorities by the person believed to assassinate M Bolton, whose identity has not been revealed.

According to the press release, between October 2021 and April 2022, Shahram Poursafi contacted this confidential source using encrypted messaging, giving him instructions to locate, photograph and then kill Mr. Bolton, considered a hawk, or even a go-getter. war on the Iranian file.

He ordered him to open a cryptocurrency account, then gave him the business address of Donald Trump's former adviser, before urging him to put the plan into action before the first anniversary of Soleimani's death. /p>

The powerful Iranian general, architect of Iran's strategy in the Middle East, was the head of the Quds Force, the unit in charge of external operations within the Revolutionary Guards. He was killed on January 3, 2020 in a drone strike in Baghdad.

After the anniversary date, Shahram Poursafi continued to push the confidential source to kill Mr. Bolton, promising him another contract. a million dollars if the first operation succeeds.

The FBI has published a search warrant for Poursafi with several photos, two of which show him wearing the uniform of the Revolutionary Guards.

< p> “During their discussions, the confidential source repeatedly referred to Poursafi as being linked to the Quds Force. Poursafi has never denied,” noted the American justice.

If he is arrested, which is unlikely because he seems to be in Iran, Shahram Poursafi risks up to 25 years in prison in the United States.