While the administration of Barack Obama vows to hold the Iranian government "accountable" for the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, the legal document describing evidence in the case provides multiple indications that it was mainly the result of an FBI "sting" operation.
Although the legal document, called an amended criminal complaint, implicates Iranian-American Manssor Arbabsiar and his cousin Ali Gholam Shakuri, an officer in the Iranian Quds Force, in a plan to assassinate Saudi Arabian Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, it also suggests that the idea originated with and was strongly pushed by a undercover DEA informant, at the direction of the FBI.
This is how the alleged Iran terror plot appears to have gone down:
Arbabsiar was seeking a drug deal and was caught in a DEA net. FBI/DEA prompted this into a drug/assassination deal.
The motivation of Arbabsiar and his contacts in Iran was negotiating a drug trafficking connection; the effort by FBI/DEA was to ensnare the deal into charges of assassination/bombings.
So the actual evidence appears to show the DEA informant involving Arbabsiar into the FBI/DEA initiated suggestion for an assassination/bombing deal, while Arbabsiar and any of his contact’s purpose is to establish a drug trafficking deal.
That’s how this makes sense.
The USG notion that this is a IRGC/Quds initiated terror plot appears to be misleading, as is the notion of any IRIG leadership involvement in the matter.
So the real question might be how high the initial idea for and approval of this FBI/DEA initiative reaches in the U.S. government, rather than pointing to leadership approval in Iran or even idea for and approval within IRGC/Quds. Which begs a second question: what is the ultimate object of this U.S. initiative?
For a complete reading of Gareth Porter's take on the matter, click HERE.