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US accuses Iran of plot to kill John Bolton

By Lucas Leiroz | August 12, 2022

New tensions are growing between Iran and the US. Recently, Washington said Tehran plotted to kill White House Advisor John Bolton. The plan would be a retaliation for Trump Administration’s terrorist-like assassination of Iranian Top General Qasem Soleimani, in 2020. The Iranian government denied any involvement in such a plan, considering the accusation absolutely baseless. Indeed, the Americans have not presented any convincing evidence so far, but, being the narrative accurate or not, frictions are likely to escalate.

On August 10, US government’s spokespersons commented on an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate John Bolton, which would have been organized last year and would involve Iranian agents and a US citizen. The case became the topic of an official note from the US Department of Justice, where the alleged plot is narrated. The narrative is built on the testimony of an American who would have been possibly hired by an Iranian to commit the crime. The reward would be a sum of 300,000 dollars, to be paid by an Iranian named Mehdi Rezayi.

The American citizen allegedly involved in the case claims to have been advised to create a cryptocurrency account in order to receive the money safely. Then he would have received assistance from Iranian intelligence on where to find Bolton. The Iranians reportedly told him to photograph the Advisor before murdering him and evading him – possibly as a way of “proving” that the operation was successful. The contact between the American and the Iranians would have taken place for a few months between October 2021 and April 2022. The conversations were carried out through encrypted messages in a safe platform.

US officials also mentioned the detail that the plot would be a retaliatory measure by Tehran against the US operation to kill Qasem Soleimani. Supposedly, the Iranian authorities would have been “pressured” by people to respond to the American terrorist actions against Soleimani – and Bolton would have been the chosen target for this response.

However, now, the situation is partially reversing: with the alleged plot coming to light, it is the US authorities who are mobilizing to “respond” to Iran and punish those involved. Assistant Director in Charge Steven M. D’Antuono of the FBI Washington Field Office commented on the topic: “An attempted assassination of a former U.S. Government official on U.S. soil is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated (…) The FBI will continue to identify and disrupt any efforts by Iran or any hostile government seeking to bring harm or death to U.S. persons at home or abroad. This should serve as a warning to any others attempting to do the same – the FBI will be relentless in our efforts to identify, stop, and bring to justice those who would threaten our people and violate our laws”.

Tehran for its part denies absolutely any involvement in this type of plot. Iran’s Foreign Ministry Nasser Kanaani comments that “the spinning of these threadbare and baseless myths is becoming a recurring custom in the American judicial and propaganda system”. Washington’s objective with such lies, according to him, would be to legitimize anti-Iranian policies and divert attention from crimes committed by the US government itself, such as the murder of Iranian officials and support for terrorist groups in the Middle East.

“Continuing their endless accusations, their failed Iranophobic policy, the American judicial authorities, in a new yarn spinning, have raised accusations without providing valid evidence and necessary documentation (…) Such baseless claims are made with political motives and aims and in fact amount to […] escaping the responsibility of responding to numerous terrorist crimes that the American government has either directly participated in, such as the cowardly assassination of General Martyr Soleimani, or like the terrorist crimes committed by the Zionist regime and terrorist groups like Daesh with the support of America”, Kanaani said.

This scenario significantly worsens tensions. Recently the US and Iran have intensified their diplomatic frictions. Amid the current global security crisis, the attempt at a new nuclear deal has failed and the US has provided Israel with broad support with military exercises to intimidate Tehran. So, it is likely that in fact the plot narrative was invented with the aim of serving as a “carte blanche” for coming measures against Iran.

In addition, it is notorious how the narrative seems weak and unconvincing. The US Department of Justice reports the alleged result of “investigations” but does not provide any evidence for its claims. And there are still inconsistent data in the description of the plot, such as the fact that it was planned more than a year after Soleimani’s death. It is also unclear why Bolton was chosen as a target, considering that there is a strong presence of American officials in the Middle East, both military and diplomats, who would certainly be “easier” targets to be hit than high-ranking state officials within the American territory.

In fact, the main problem is that, whether true or not, the narrative has served its purpose: it has boosted hostility between the US and Iran, worsening relations between them. Expectations for the near future are of escalating tensions.

Lucas Leiroz is a researcher in Social Sciences at the Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; geopolitical consultant.

August 12, 2022 - Posted by | Mainstream Media, Warmongering | ,


  1. Noted with appreciation to LL and AN. I consider this the purest, vilest, max-amateurish fabrication-fiction-bullshit. Will the usual Hollywood movie ensue?…don’t bother informing me of its release.

    General Soleimani: if possible, R.I.P. Insha’allah.

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    Comment by roberthstiver | August 12, 2022 | Reply

  2. I imagine that at least half of the American population would love to see the ‘demise’ of the detestable John Bolton. “What has he ever done for the U.S”. ?

    Bolton is a deranged psychopath.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | August 12, 2022 | Reply

    • Full agreement with that, Brian. Where and how do we dredge up scum–vermin–germs–viruses like Bolton and install them in positions of visibility and influence? It must be somehow the in-person manifestions of the societal sickness of the America that might have been a guiding light toward civilization….

      And the malady is not gender-specific: we have — like it or [like I] not — the Hillarys, the Madeleine Albrights, the Samantha Powers; oh yeah, the Nancy Pelosis…and let us not forget the ilk of Israel-born, dual-citizen, uber-Zionist, one-time IDF soldier Marian Adelson, multi-billionaire/gambling-bi*ch widow of the equally-or-more execrable Sheldon Adelson who single-handedly guided Trump toward a “billionaires’ deal” Trump couldn’t refuse: final application of the knee-on-neck procedure on the hapless Palestinians by world-dominant, psychosis-infused, settler-colonial Zionism.

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      Comment by roberthstiver | August 12, 2022 | Reply

      • God save the USA, when they come up with the likes of those you have mentioned. And, the USA MUST take back its Sovereignty, from the “Dual Passport Holders” who have “All bases covered”, and totally control the USA, and the American people………It is blatantly obvious…….but Americans are frightened to even address this FACT…..

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